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Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

How to fix presidential debates

At their meeting in Boston last week, Republican National Committee members voted unanimously not to sponsor or sanction any presidential primary debate with NBC or CNN during the 2016 election cycle. Both networks have projects about Hillary Clinton in the works that Republicans predict will be “little more than extended commercials” promoting a potential run for the White House by the former secretary of state. The RNC, saying it’s fed up with the media’s liberal favoritism, will refuse to partner with either NBC or CNN as the next primary season gets under way.

Considering how riven the GOP has been lately, a unanimous stand on anything is impressive. But boycotting the two networks on the grounds that they’re biased won’t fix what’s wrong with modern candidate debates.

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