NBC Touts ‘Civility’ at GOP Debate Then Calls for More Attacks

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<p>Friday&rsquo;s NBC <em>Today</em> began by condescendingly congratulating Republicans on having a &ldquo;civil&rdquo; debate Thursday night that &ldquo;finally&rdquo; covered &ldquo;substantive&rdquo; issues. However, only minutes later, the same broadcast called on the candidates to attack each other more.&nbsp;</p>

<p>At the top of the show, co-host Matt Lauer announced: <strong>&ldquo;Playing nice...The Republican presidential hopefuls abandon nasty insults and stick to the issues at last night&#39;s debate.&rdquo; </strong>Moments later, he noted how <strong>the &ldquo;surprising display of civility&rdquo; at the event was a &ldquo;striking turnaround from their 11 previous clashes.&rdquo;</strong><br />
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