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How CNN Manipulated Who Spoke During the Republican Debate

I watched the debate three times for you all so I could finish this post and it became GLARINGLY OBVIOUS that CNN decided who was going to talk during the debate and for how long. They asked some candidates nine questions (Trump) and other candidates two questions (Scott Walker). They also used the rebuttal rule to their advantage. Instead of waiting for a candidate to bring up the name of another candidate which would allow that candidate a rebuttal, CNN used candidates name in the actual question almost every time, thus guaranteeing certain candidates more airtime. They would ask Candidate #1 a question about what Candidate #2 said, thus allowing Candiate #2 an automatic rebuttal.

Here are my observations…

THE MUZZLING OF [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]

CNN cut off [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] 7 of the 8 times he was talking (not including the group questions) with a “Thank You, Senator” or allowing someone else to butt in.

ACTUAL QUESTIONS ASKED TO CANDIDATES (or requests for them to comment on another’s questions by moderators). This does not count group questions or intros.

Trump – 9

Paul – 7

Bush – 7

Huckabee – 5

Carton – 4

Fiorina – 4

Kasich – 4

Christie – 4

Rubio – 3

Cruz – 3

Walker – 2

REBUTTALS DUE TO THEIR NAME IN A QUESTION – OR NAME INVOKED:

Trump – 8

Christie – 5

Carson – 4

Paul – 2

Rubio – 2

Cruz – 3

Bush – 3

Fiorina – 3

Walker – 1

Kasich – 1

Huckabee – 0

NUMBER OF TIMES CANDIDATES INTERRUPTED AND TALKED WITHOUT THEIR NAME BEING INVOKED:

Fiorina – 5

Walker – 4

Rubio – 4

Kasich – 3

Carson – 2

Huckabee – 1

Bush – 1

MINUTES SPOKEN AT DEBATE: H/T Fox News

Trump – 18:43

Bush – 17:01

Carson – 13:53

Fiorina – 13:29

Christie – 11:46

Rubio – 11:06

Paul – 10:52

Cruz – 10:27

Kasich – 9:35

Huckabee – 9:15

Walker – 8:24