The media are all in a tizzy about the idea of real estate tycoon Donald Trump moderating a Republican presidential debate.
On Tuesday, one of the candidates, Rick Santorum, told KLIF substitute radio host Steve Malzberg, "I can't see in some cases where Donald Trump would be any worse than what we get from the mainstream media" (video follows with transcript):
STEVE MALZBERG: What about Donald Trump as a moderator? Is that something you're comfortable with or not?
RICK SANTORUM: Well, I, you know, if you look at and see the, particularly who somebody the mainstream media has put up. You know, Brian Williams I wasn't comfortable with, and I had every right not to be given the questions he asked. Charlie Rose was, I mean, you go on down the list of all the people that they've had, these reporters who have tried to make this debate about them and not about the candidates and what they believe in, and rearranging times to make sure that the people that they wanted to have time get time, I can't see in some cases where Donald Trump would be any worse than what we get from the mainstream media.
MALZBERG: You must have been listening, because that's what I said an hour ago. I said Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper. Blitzer in fact mocked all of you after the debate prior to the CNN debate. He put together a montage, I forget in what context, but it was mocking of all the Republican candidates, and he knew that he was moderating the next one.
SANTORUM: Well, like I said, I mean, these debates have not, I think, reflected well on the media. They've been a lot of gotcha moments. They've been a lot of steering questions to whoever the flavor of the month is, and it's been more about trying to create conflict instead of trying to create light and give candidates really the opportunity to explain their position instead of this, you know, silly 30-second answers to, you know, how do you solve world peace. I mean, those are the things that I think really agitate a lot of the voters out there, and I guess that I'm not too sure Donald Trump will do any worse than any of them.