In a June 5 Washington Examiner article, Hugh Hewitt advised potential GOP presidential candidates not to participate in presidential debates that are organized by "traditional media" outlets. Hewitt claims that the "media that is overwhelmingly opposed to" the election of GOP candidates might skew questions with its "built in bias." From the article (emphasis added):
Incredibly, once again, GOP primary voters will only get to see their would-be nominees through a lens ground by traditional media. The event is being sponsored by CNN, local television station WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader.
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King will moderate the debate, with reporters from the local outlets. No doubt these are fine journalists, but like King, they will almost certainly carry with them all the biases and predispositions of the mainstream media.
If Dr. Charles Xavier could leave his X-Men films to read the minds of these and other journalists, how many do you suspect he would find who support a right-to-life amendment, oppose same-sex marriage, are eager to slash the corporate tax rate?
We all know this built-in bias exists, but still the candidates (except Sarah [Palin]) agree to play by rules dictated by media that is overwhelmingly opposed to their election.
Expect the standard stunt questions on abortion in the event of rape or incest, weapons of mass destruction, evolution, global warming, or any of a dozen other dog whistles to the left designed to create the moment that replicates across the Web, that seeks to wound prospects by defining the GOP field as outside the mainstream.