I talked to several NBC employees who work for news at the Boulder Debate. All of them, to a person, were outraged by CNBC’s moderators. To a person, they were apologetic that the GOP had to suffer through that.
None of them, for obvious reasons, wanted to talk on the record, but all of them were truly just embarrassed and outraged. One of the employees told me she thought open liberals on MSNBC would have done a better job because, going into a debate like that, they had a known partisan bias. She really expected CNBC’s moderators to focus on, well, “your money like every f**king banner in the building said,” she said exasperatedly.
When even colleagues of the CNBC moderators are throwing them under the bus, well, there you have it.