Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has gone through its fair share of ups and downs, but now the former CEO of Bain Capital has thrown an alleged hissy fit over the 2012 presidential debates.
After last week's announcement revealed the moderators for the upcoming presidential debates, criticism and praise was expected. The biggest news coming out of the debate selections was that a woman would be moderating the historic event for the first time. CNN's Candy Crowley was given the nod to make history and the reaction was mixed. Many liberals were upset that Crowley often leans the right, but the louder attacks came from conservatives who believe Crowley is too liberal. African-American and minority groups also showed that they were upset by voicing their displeasure at the lack of ethnic diversity in the selections made.
While liberal and conservative groups aren't exactly happy over the moderators selected, the biggest outrage came from the soon to be Republican nominee himself, Mitt Romney. According to the New York Times, the Romney campaign threatened to boycott the presidential debates if any host from MSNBC was chosen. After the conservative news channel, Fox News, was told that they wouldn't be selected to host any of the debates, the backlash from the Romney campaign came fast and furious.
MSNBC is often criticized by Republicans and conservatives for being a Democratic leaning network, but there are differences between them and Fox News. MSNBC promotes itself with the slogan "lean forward" and advertise a more progressive line of thinking. Though the prime time hosts on MSNBC are "left leaning," they don't hide it and openly admit it. Not all the hosts at MSNBC lean to the political left as former Republican Representative, Joe Scarborough, hosts a three-hour show every morning and far right conservative, S.E Cupp co-hosts "The Cycle" each weekday at 3pm.
As MSNBC admits to their progressive stance, Fox News continues to promote themselves with the catch slogan, "Fair and Balanced." Despite a few centrists being promoted as "liberals," Fox News continues to showcase radical conservatives ideology through the likes Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.
Even though he is out-raising the president through conservative super PACs and announced the young Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate, Mitt Romney is still trailing President Obama in the most recent polls. With the hope now gone that the conservative network would give him a national platform to shine, Mitt Romney and his campaign have no choice but to go back to the drawing board.