FiveThirtyEight: The GOP Field vs. The Media

Since the last debate, whether it's over the rules of the event to questions about Ben Carson's past, the GOP and the media have not been friends.
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Talk a little bit about this emerging us vs them with GOP field and the media. So we had that moment in the last debate with crews going after the moderator is. And then a general consensus that the moderator is kind of didn't do a very good job. And that action see this person back and forth digging into his biography. As part of the same. Kind of carrying with the media because his argument is not collect clarify facts his arguments to be like. Stop digging likewise the media this is neither media tricks here you're out to get me so. It seemed like both sides are just dogged and exactly continue tonight how does that impact tonight's debate. Asked Newt Gingrich Howell works when you go after the meaning he'd tell you can go after the media an awful lot again a lot of dividends from that remember he's president today but we should act as well he's not present short term it's a short term thing but in South Carolina who worked very very well before that primary in 2000 trough he won after the media he won that primary. And the I think the other thing that's important about Carson in terms of going after the media. Is it. Is the fact. That if you look at the reporting that's been coming out of Busby for example a lot of the things that he said have been if that maybe not verified certainly enough doubt has been put on the net media narrative that's in coming out. And for Republican electorate that's just not trusting of the media. It's something that Carson go to over and over again and his net favorability numbers are so high with Republicans. That they're willing to give the benefit of the doubt. If you're going after a Republican candidate you want to gain credibility is. So called non partisan media outlet you better get the basics right and there's a lot floating around about Carson is getting more scrutiny which is foreign so appropriate but there have been so. Some miscues now my question is will he. Counterpunch. Aggressively coming Newt Gingrich is like the bad community theater actor has no qualms having an up. Carson's A Gary who seems low key sort of unscripted. Not overly dramatic cry so if he. Plays into that and really does have a big scripted moment I'm not sure how to play number one like against the media against the moderator and debate if there are some. Conscious effort ending Carson's behalf says. To have tag line or sound by. Or a joke. Maybe it means he's changed his attitude about the campaign and is running with a more seriously. There's always question about does he really want to be president. Is it a book tour is it he's saying hey this is fun. Why not right. But this going after the media. As always struck me as a sign. Of desperation meanwhile as the front runner ever said you know what I'm there do it to like why didn't might lead someone to go after the media meaning Gingrich its edges. Feels like an act. Someone who's grasping at straw as successful as they can be short. I mean he going after the media are not going after the meeting when you're down you're just looking to change the decks somehow right it could be Chris Christie saying Clinton. You can't go after the media you know you gotta play fair John McCain in 2000 became best friends. With the media that was his way of trying to rise up so now when your time Friday probably not gonna go you know after an average probably not going to be buddy buddy with the media Heidi just kind of don't want to shake the deck up too much. And that's why you're seeing Carson sort of go after the media is that he can sense that he is about to overtake trump and most of these falls and in fact has taken over and some of those calls and he consents. That this is a real chance to gain momentum in this race.

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