Skip to comments.Remove the Media from the Debates
Posted on 08/13/2012 3:09:24 PM PDT by Lakeshark
I was appalled, although not surprised, to read the just announced list of moderators for the forthcoming presidential debates: Jim Lehrer of PBS, Candy Crowley of CNN, Bob Schieffer of CBS, and Martha Raddatz of ABC (VP debate).
All liberals from liberal news organizations. Not even a token representative from Fox or the Wall Street Journal not in the moderator seat anyway.
Dont we live in a democracy? Or is this Syria or Egypt where its new Islamist president just wrested power from the military?
But there is something we can do about it even at this late date: protest and protest loudly. In this manner, we highlight the bogus quality of the debates. Even if our candidates perform better than the opposition, continue the protest. They can talk about the economy. We can still protest the bias.
Demand the moderators be removed even if they are not. As Churchill told us, never, ever give up. Someone might even be listening. And that someone is the American people.
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I’ll never understand why the GOP falls for the MSM “moderator” (aka, cheerleader) joke election after election.
Hold four debates and let the GOP choose two moderators (say, Hillsdale College and The Heritage Foundation) and let the Dems choose two (say, an arbitrary “leader” of OWS and Bill Ayers).
Contact: Janet H. Brown 202 872 1020
You’re wasting your time, you know.
Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bet there would be some good debate and be hilarious at the same time.
The CPD is heavily weighted with liberals. The “mainstream” media moderators is by design to make sure the Democrat in the debates looks good.
Maybe you could actually try to attack the opposition for a change instead of being an Axelrod conservative.....
But that would be a waste of your time, right?
There is a national forensics league that high schools use for speech competitions. Why not use one of their moderators?
We do not need ANY reporter.
We DO NEED a professional moderator who does not get into gotcha questions.
Contact the fool
H/t to GRRRRR. And be respectful, it never hurts to try.
There are two top dogs. One is a Democrat. The other is Frank J. Fahrenkopf, who was RNC Chairman back during the Reagan era.
Now Frank is probably a pretty good guy but he ended up affiliated closely with Hogan & Hartson, and that takes you to the old Williams and Connelly crowd (and all these lawyers hang around from each other in these corporate daisy chain operations in DC), and when you get to them you find GREG CRAIG!!!!
He's Fidel Castro's lawyer. He's the guy who made sure Elien got sent back to Cuba.
Frankly ~ and let me say that again ~ QUITE Frankly, I don't think Frank Fahrenkopf is representing the interests of the American people very well at all.
From what I see the HARD LEFT with its bullet to the back of the head style is too influential in this process.
Romney, if he didn't already know the outcome planned for him in this election, would be wise to BACK OUT OF ALL THE DEBATES!
Sarah Palin for Moderator!
I think that might be a perfect example to a leftist of what we face every four years when we watch the debates.
More like immoderators.
Debates to be hosted by -
1- Victor Davis Hanson
2- Dennis Miller
3- Ted Nugent
If the republican candidates were stupid enough to agree to PBC, CBS, CNN, and ABC, then they deserve our silence and not our support.
I’m sick of stupid with the stupid party.
With all due respect, coming from a voter for Virgil whathisname (heck, just check the box for Bambi) in a swing state, that’s quite a charge......
debate moderators should have the action and intrigue of an thrilling hour of c-span.
Have NO moderators. Have six questions in each two debate. First man speaks for 5 minutes, 10 minutes by the second guy,and the 5 minutes by the first speaker. Alternate this. Each side proposes three questions or an alternative (four questions three of which three are randomly picked).
Appalled? How about Dismayed, Shocked, Flabbergasted, Dumfounded. What the hell is wrong with the Romney people? Have they all got their heads up their A$$ to agree to this? All these so-called moderators are SCHLOCK, PINKO, LIBS who will surely try to sque the debates toward Dumbo. Rediculous. NOT GOING TO WATCH!! Don't want to clean up the puke on the floor.
This is an inside the beltway pick from the broadcast media selection pool so that these ‘debates’ (they are NOT classically defined debates) get broadcast on their channels. This is a legacy of ‘old-think’ from back when the Big Three ruled the roost ‘and’ add the non-partisan publicly funded PBS as well! Gee, these selectors must really be kept in hibernation until each election season.
Thanks for that excellent background info. I’d forgotten about the “non-partisan” Commission. It’s time to trash that, start over, and avoid at all costs TV network and major newspaper “moderators.”
Oops - They include CNN, I guess they are thinking of the Ted Turner era as well. Still a stinkeroo and obviously plays to the Big Blue Meanies of the Dem affiliates. Any bets as to when these 'moderators' last voted GOP?
Exactly. Call a news conference and tell them loud and clear, "Oh hell no!!!"
They'll demand a continuation of the federal nuclear waste policy which KEEPS IT OUT OF NEVADA on an eternally temporary basis (the hole is dug and ready to be filled).
None of the gaming interests want a big hole in the ground out there full of nuclear waste ~ which they're going to get the minute they let down their guard. They've had a good ride with Harry Reid but that's coming to an end.
There ~ the mystery is solved. Co-chairman Fahrenkopf is FOR moderators who will not venture beyond Mitt's intellectual capabilities or wooden personality. Sheldon Adelson, the big money guy behind Romney certainly doesn't want the Sands Hotel complex to glow green in the dark (unless, of course, it's from all the money they rake in)
I tell you, if they drop their guard a second, or think their money is better off in a bank than being spent by faithless politicians, we must strike hard ~ this time I want a full meter's depth to that radioactive waste being pumped into Nevada!
Teach these punks to mess with the rest of us.
Goode has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not the republicans got a good deal with pbs, cbs, cnn, and abc.
It’s like saying that the Miami Dolphins got a great deal with Chad Johnson because Esiason doesn’t like Tebow.
They’re not related.
I never said he did.
That list is all too accurate. It's based on actual FReeper comments.
And contacting the Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates is a waste of time.
And guess which candidate will have the questions in advance?
Unfortunately the Republicans gave up their best chance to force the public to see that the media is biased when the primary candidates walked away from Trump’s offer to host a debate.
It’s sort of amazing, isn’t it, to watch the stupid party do the same things over and over again and expect different results.
“We DO NEED a professional moderator who does not get into gotcha questions.”
It would certainly give me a good reason to watch. Right now, even listening makes me puke.
Rachel Maddow didn’t make the cut? What’s this world coming to??
I won't waste my time contacting this person; no doubt a lefty to begin with.
No my ire (and in no uncertain terms and not exactly nice language) is going to be aimed directly toward the RNC with a cc: to Mitt and Ryan, though I doubt Ryan had anything to do with it, I'm certain Mitt or his holdover, RINO, a-holes from Juan McLame's campaign agreed.
It’s never good when the guys working on your opponents campaign are going to moderate the debates...:(
The primary debate on November 22 was excellent with questions coming from people selected by Heritage and AEI. Wolf Blitzer was a great moderator, spreading the time around and asking appropriate followups. Watched it from the floor then caught some of the rebroadcast when we got home.
The best presidential debate I have ever seen was Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits on The West Wing. That’s probably the only episode I ever watched - great television and a great hint to the Debate Commission.
The network execs said “I mean, get us the first mainstream African-American woman who is articulate and bright and clean and a a nice lookin’ lady. Like, we’ll get her a real storybook to study before hand, and then maybe we’ll give her a man.”
I wondered aloud why they didn’t just go ahead and appoint the ‘moderators’ as Ed Shultz, Keef Olbermann, and ‘Tingles’ Matthews.
Thanks for the ping!
I was one of the several thousand people who thought the list was a joke!...because it is a joke!