Usually it's the candidates at a political debate who are appraised and then brutally criticized. But during Wednesday's GOP debate in Boulder, Colo., it was CNBC, the hosting network, that came under attack on social media.
From Carl Quintanilla's seemingly trivial question about fantasy football, to John Harwood's skirmishes with Donald Trump over facts, to Becky Quick's callow questioning of Ben Carson's mathematical abilities, the CNBC moderators opened themselves up to vitriol. This is not to mention the preliminary debate in which candidates were asked whether the day after the Super Bowl should be a holiday.
The Republican National Committee Reince Priebus released a statement criticizing CNBC's handling of the debate.
"While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight's debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters," Priebus said. "Our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates did their best to share ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy and put Americans back to work despite deeply unfortunate questioning from CNBC...CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled."
Others on Twitter were of the same mind and decided to broadcast their opinions accordingly.