If You expected an Honest and Fair format for the candidates to engage in a reasonable question and answer session....You are truly naive!
Why were they at the debate? What was their purpose?
Surely, at some point all the candidates would be asked questions on the issues facing the city! Surely, at some point each candidates would be given a direct question and the other candidates would be able to follow up!
Tom Barrow and the other candidates had to respond to the judge. The questions given to the judge were as soft as a baby's butt. This went on when all the candidates were together. The judge was the focus, positioned first, in the first roll. He was the bait to show up the spirited candidates, the candidates who knew the issues. An illusion of contrast and compare!
The write in candidate was given the night off, he was a spectator. After all, the people on the press panel and their employers are the write-in candidate's supporters. The press panel had a direct conflict of interest with all other candidates except one...the write in candidate!
What is clear, the press panel disrespected the City of Detroit. What is clear the press panel disrespected the candidates who were there for a fair and honest debate. What is clear the debate on July 30, 2013 controlled by the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News and WADL-TV Channel 38 was not a debate.