Meh, it’s finals and I don’t feel like writing as much as I used to. My right hand/wrist seems to be threatening Carpal’s tunnel syndrome and I DON’T need that with 15 page papers due. So I find other’s articles and post them. Check out this Clarence Page article about the debates that I never got a chance to write about.
Keep it uppity, and keep it radical, JLL
Presidential debates on TV in peril
april 23, 2008, by Clarence Page
There may not be any more presidential debates between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, partly because of the bad aroma that ABC’s interrogation before Pennsylvania’s primary left behind in many noses.
In fact, when you consider the rising risks that televised debates pose in the age of YouTube, especially for front-runners, we’ll be lucky to see any more presidential debates at all.
North Carolina‘s Democratic Party has canceled the debate that CBS had hoped to broadcast on April 27, in advance of the state’s May 6 primary. It was expected to be the last of what seems to be an endless string of primary face-offs. Clinton had agreed to it, but Obama wouldn’t commit. Clinton’s campaign criticized Obama for that, but he told reporters that he would rather spend his time meeting voters. Considering the pummeling he took on ABC, who could blame him?
Besides, he said, after 21 debates the two candidates can recite each other’s lines by heart. Right. That’s the trouble. If they did recite each other’s lines, the two liberal Democrats wouldn’t sound all that much different from how they sound now, at least, not on the big important issues. As a result, they almost invite questions about the small stuff, the hot-button “gotcha” questions that make exciting television.
Obama looked like he’d rather be any place other than the Pennsylvania debate, a heat-seeking scandal probe moderated by ABC anchormen Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. For about half of its 90 minutes, Obama faced questions that gave more importance to whether he likes wearing American flag lapel pins than how he would deal with job losses, health care, the Iraq war or rising fuel prices.
Clinton seemed only slightly more at ease as she pushed herself through yet another explanation and apology for exaggerating the sniper fire she never actually encountered in Bosnia.