How Much Did You Loathe ABC's Debate Coverage?
UPDATE: Clinton-Obama Debate -- ABC Slammed for Focus on 'Trivial' Issues
Hmm, trivial issues when both candidates admit that they agree on 90-95% of issues... Doesn't character and the trivial issues that people are concerned with matter to everyone? If not why didn't Obama take the anti-Washington way of doing things, politic playing stance when it was against Hillary? Wouldn't that be a true revolutionary to support someone who during a debate recognizes when his opponent is being attacked by the vary means you wish to change and point them out and say it's not fair to go that route let's stick to the issues... But that never happened till it happened to him, so why now?
So there seems to be a lot of flack about ABC and how the moderators of the most recent debate were "out" for Obama and this puzzles me...
Many people feel that this latest debate was the worst debate ever and the only reason I hear as to why is because of the precedence that Obama has set saying it took almost 45 minutes to get to any issues that any Americans are really concerned about.
Can't one argue that, that is an elitist point of view? How does he know what ALL Americans want to hear about? Ok, if not elitist it sure is presumptuous, isn't it? No? Really? I'm confused because once the field of candidates was narrowed down to Obama and Clinton both sides said numerous times that when it comes to the issues they agree for the most part on about 90 - 95% of the issues.
So what he is saying is that on the 23rd debate we wanted 45 minutes more of having both candidates compliment each other? Hmmm... Not sure I agree but I will concede that concept and move on.
Obama's mannerisms appeared as though (and noted threw many pun dents) that he was at times agitated or irritated. Doesn't anyone see this as a clue as to how he will respond (if nominated) during debates in the fall; (if elected) conversing with high level dignitaries that he's openly admited that he'd meet with at any time? Does he expect that in either of those situations the person he's going to be debating / speaking with is going to want the same agenda as he does and that will make everything peachy? My concern is (IF IF IF) he is nominated and elected that he'll be talking to people that aren't seeking the same agenda and he'll get irritated and agitated just has he demonstrated during the debate. Is that how we really want the leader of the free world to approach debates and conversations that have such a vast impact on the daily lives of Americans and others citizens of the world?
To make things worse the day after this "unfair" debate he decided to begin an outrage against the moderators for asking him tough questions. I can't help but wonder if Hillary Clinton was thinking to herself, "join the club." Yes she may have articulated disappointment with past debates but she never went out on an all out blame the media for a poor performance and used any of the networks as a scape goat for anything she may have said wrong or issues of her past. When you think of CNN's debate and how Wolf Blitzer tried to act out what seemed to be a personal vendetta against Hillary she didn't show up on TV the next day brushing her shoulder off implying that the media was nothing and not worth time or effort. Since Iowa there has been a pretty reasonable case to be made on how the media has favored Obama more then Clinton. So now what sort of precedence is being set in a case that he and/or his administration doesn't care for the line of questioning a network news anchor is asking of him and his administration? Will his press secretary be on the networks brushing off his shoulder saying the reporters questions are insignfigant because they don't like them? Will C-Span show coverage of him meeting with leaders of whatever cause or even speaking to congress and if someone objects he'll just brush his shoulder again? What if the day after the state of the Union Republicans blast his agenda will he just dismiss there concerns just as easily because he doesn't think they are relevant?
Is any of that presidential? Is any of that going to Unite the country any better then Hillary would even though she has her negatives?
Can anyone explain to me why the media has given this candidate a free pass on everything including calling out a war from his supporters in the "Obama - Nation" against ABC for there line of questioning? How far will this blindness go? Please someone tell me!!! One of my biggest fears is that he's headed towards a democratic version of George W Bush's early years post 9/11.