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Personally, I can't for the life of me figure out why the media is falling all over themselves to portray last night as a clear-cut over-the-top Romney win.

I watched the debates, and at best thought it was a draw.  If Romney came out with an edge, it was marginal.

And for me, even had I known nothing at all about Romney before watching the debate, I would've been turned off by his performance.  I found him rude and obnoxiously aggressive, disrespectful to the moderator and the debate format by repeatedly interrupting and forcefully bullying the moderator into allowing him to continue to speak even well after his time was up.  Why the hell would I think this is a desirable trait in a President?

And sniping at Big Bird is a winning strategy with more than a small fraction of the population? On what planet?

And then there's the actual content.  Fact-checkers and various bloggers have already noted the fact that Mitt made at best a nodding acknowledgement towards the truth, and in fact big chunks of his comments last night were either entirely or mostly false, and in some cases demonstrably clashed with previous statements he's made on the campaign trail.

So, to the media, it doesn't matter if you actually say something factual in a debate, as long as you say it loudly overtop the attempts of the befuddled moderator to bring the debate back in line?  Behaving like a lying douchebag counts as winning?

I may have to take up drinking.

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Comment Preferences

  •  It's all about the Benjamins (1+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony

    The media has a product to sell: your eyeballs, to its advertisers. A tighter race means more page views.

  •  I do not think the moderator was befuddled (0+ / 0-)

    He was in a no win position with both men pressing the time limits. Obama said he had five seconds more and went on for another minute. Romney said it was only fair for him to have the last word and took off.  The only thing that was fairly timed was the two minute closing remarks. I think it would have been better if they had a longer debate but then the talking heads would have cut into the local news.

  •  Eek, don't take up drinking (0+ / 0-)

    unless you mean nice, strong Indian tea with milk.  Possibly sugar, if you like sugar.

    It's well known in a certain country that a cup of tea will cure everything from a broken heart to a broken leg.  ;)

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:16:11 PM PDT

  •  The Media Needs To Stay Relevant..... (0+ / 0-)

    Last night they got a horserace delivered to them on a silver platter.  Obama was competent, although he appeared tired.

    As soon as he started w/ the talk about his anniversary including the promise to Michelle that next anniversary he wouldn't be debating someone, my heart sank.

    I've had 44 anniversaries.....celebrating later that night or the next day would have been OK with me.  In the meantime, Obama has an election to win.  Don't start w/ an apology to your wife.

  •  Reminds me of how the media went ga-ga over (1+ / 0-)
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    Paul Ryan's convention speech.  Never mind that it was full of lies; he told the lies with such flourish.  But a funny thing happened after that.  The facts got checked.  Ultimately, there was no bounce because the American people did not buy it.

    Let's hope this is a repeat.

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