Worst: Becky Quick (CNBC)

In this picture: Becky Quick (center) with Carl Quintanilla (l) and John Harwood 

CNBC's GOP debate in October was a debacle. The lambasting of the three moderators -- Becky Quick, John Harwood and Carl Quintanilla -- was one of the few things critics from all part of the political spectrum could agree on.

The challenge for this gallery: deciding who was worst.

Quick wins that dubious distinction with this exchange:

“You have been very critical of Mr. Zuckerberg, of Facebook," Quick said to Donald Trump.“I have not been at all critical of him,” Trump interrupted, using a technique the candidates have used to throw the moderator on the defensive and confuse the issue of what they said.

This is where the prepared moderator-journalist is supposed to say something along the lines of, “Well, Mr. Trump, let me refer you to this statement, and I quote…”

And then, of course, the moderator establishes her or his authority by sounding the quote and essentially telling the candidate, “Don’t play that game with me again tonight, my friend, because I came prepared and I will show you up again and again as a dissembler.”

But not Quick. Her reply to Trump: “Where did I read this and come up with this then?”

Trump being one million times better at this game than Quick, came back with, “… I don’t know. You people write this stuff.”

The hall erupted in laughter and applause.

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