Last night, one debate viewer remarked that the other Republicans need to talk about the issues and not about Donald Trump. They are...CNN and the other news outlets are just not covering those candidates. Does anyone doubt that Jeb Bush's 11.75% coverage were of his remarks he made about Trump? That's the only way candidates can get the media to report on what they're saying...to say something about Trump.
Silly me, but I still think news outlets still have some civic responsibility to inform the public, not just be about putting Trump on the air 24/7 because that gets ratings. How is a Rand Paul, for example, going to get his libertarian Republican message out when CNN gives him a platform of two minutes of coverage over that period while "The Donald" gets 580 minutes.
In a not unrelated story, CNN charged advertisers over 40 times its normal rate for commercials run during the Republican debate.