You Call That a Debate?

Posted by Melvin Bray on April 18th, 2008 filed in Useful Perhaps

The so-called Pennsylvania ‘Debate’ hosted by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson the other evening was so absurd that I almost didn’t post on it (PBS’s NewsHour summarized it well). Are these the prestigious interpretors of politics and culture for us? God help us!

I take less exception that they inquired about all the tabloid issues than I do with the fact that they didn’t ask any question that would have gotten at any more than what we’ve already heard rehearsed over and over by the media ad nauseam. Will the real journalists among us please stand up?

As John Stewart points out, 60+ minutes in, at question #16, they finally got around to what they described as “the number one issue on voters’ minds!” You can’t make up absurdity this good.

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