Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Governor John Kasich, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson and former Governor Jeb Bush pose together before the start of the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)
Media critic

A doctorate in recent history isn’t necessary to discern the tilt and bias in this question from Fox Business host Neil Cavuto in tonight’s Republican presidential debate:

Gov. Kasich, we are not even two weeks into this stock-trading year but think about it: Investors have already lost $1.6 trillion in market value. That makes it the worst start to a year ever. Many worry that things could get even worse, and that banks financial stocks are particularly vulnerable, and if this escalates like it did back when Barack Obama first assumed the presidency, what actions would you take, if the same thing happens all over again just as in this example you are taking over the presidency?”

Take it from USA Today or from CNBC or from The Economist or from your own memory: The roots of the financial crisis extend back years before “Barack Obama first assumed the presidency.” In a debate question before a national audience, the proper way to contextualize President Obama and the financial crisis is to say that he inherited it. And oversaw its resolution, as this tweet (highlighted by TPM) points out: