During the debate last night on CNBC, one highlight (out of many) bugged me. But it bugged me more than the others, because it was SO easily resolved and would have done so with "uuuuge" impact.
At one point, moderator Becky Quick had asked Donald Trump about a quote of his, which he denied ever saying. She replied by asking: "Where did I read that, then?"
Dear Ms. Quick, you read it on Donald Trump's own freaking website! Tell him that!! Don't ask him where you read it -- what on earth do you expect him to say? ("Oh, you must have read it on my website.") Don'd apologize for him lying about what he said and what he publicly promotes On His Own Website.
And so, by wimping out, she left the door open to Donald Trump coming back with a snide, "You people write this stuff. I don't know." But Becky Quick didn't have the research handy or lazily didn't bother to check it out first to know where her quote came from. All she had to do was check her own freaking data and have it at hand. Because She Was Right. She just didn't know it. And allowed Mr. Trump off the hook and let herself look like an idiot. When she could have said, "Oh, but Mr. Trump, that quote of yours is posted right on your own website." And it would have shut him down, been massively embarrassing to him, and could have been a defining moment not only of the debate but of his campaign.
"Where did I read that, then?"
O dear Lord. You Were Right. You were the moderator of a national debate of Republican presidential candidates. Please just do the basics of your job. Care enough. You Were Right.
Insert the proper "sigh" here...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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