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MSNBC, NBC Reportedly Ordered Not to ‘Pile On’ CNBC After Debate

CNBC debateHow bad was the backlash against CNBC after Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate? Bad enough that producers at its sister networks were reportedly told to tone down their coverage of the controversy.

As CNN’s Brian Stetler reports, CNBC itself originally covered the debate normally, but later abandoned coverage entirely. “As the day went on, there was less and less talk about the debate on CNBC. According to one of the employees, producers were given internal guidance to move on.”

Apparently, similar instructions were given to CNBC’s sister networks. “At CNBC’s sister news outlets MSNBC and NBC News, producers were advised not to ‘pile on’ the moderator controversy, according to people there,” Stelter reports.

Despite those orders, there were some isolated incidents of MSNBC anchors criticizing the handling of the debates. Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, for example, criticized the moderators and said the debate was a “trainwreck.”

[h/t CNN Money]

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