My latest column is up at AND Magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
Over the course of the last two decades, the mainstream U.S. media has gone from being one of the world’s most trusted institutions to being one of the last places people go for reliable information. The current election cycle has been no exception.
Of the last three Republican primary debates, clashes between the media moderators and the candidates have carried the headlines. Even the Fox News debate, hosted by the so-called right-wing media giant, turned into an all-out cat fight between Fox’s Megyn Kelly and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The CNN debate, by far the fairest of the three, ran advertising for weeks before the debate likening the event to a boxing match – and throughout, the moderators sought to pit the candidates against each other, rather than calling on them to address substantive issues.
But it was the third debate that was the last straw for many Republicans, as what CNBC had advertised as a debate on economics turned out to be a laughably ridiculous series of “gotcha” questions.