CNBC moderator under fire for saying one-child policy worked

Fresh from his role moderating Wednesday's "horrible" GOP debate, CNBC's Carl Quintanilla has raised eyebrows again with a questionably worded comment, and this time it's over China's now-amended one-child policy.

"One thing about China's one-child policy: it worked," he said on social media, linking to a Credit Suisse chart showing the sharp decline in the number of children born in China between 1990 and 1999.

The New York Times reported that China changed the policy over fears that "an aging population could jeopardize China's economic ascent," and noted it was a move away from the policy put in place by Deng Xiaoping.

As a matter of simple math, Quintanilla is not wrong, as China's forced one-child policy has led to fewer births.

But his say-what-you-want attitude seemed to ignore the broader repercussions of China's coercive approach to population control, which has included forced abortions, involuntary sterilizations and the sex-selective abortion of females, and left many social media users unimpressed.

Quintanilla later defended his comment on Twitter by saying, "[R]etweets are NOT endorsements." But his original remark wasn't a retweet, and was wholly his own.

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