This debate at Democracy Now between a former NSA Lawyer and Daniel Ellsberg was interesting for what they said, but even more interesting for how they handled the loudmouth NSA defender who was constantly talking over Ellsberg and interrupting him every time he tried to express his own position.
After asking him several times to let Ellsberg speak, they finally just started turning his audio off when it was time for Ellsberg to respond. Then he would be asked to respond and be given equal time to do so. (Unlike Fox News, or right-wing talk radio, where the non-rightwinger's mike is just cut off with no chance for anything but a token response, or just cut off, period.)
Are these right-wingers who do this just natural obnoxious loud-mouthed rude steamrollers? Even the otherwise "ladylike" Marsha Blackburn and Michele Bachmann do this consistently and with utter aplomb. It seems clear that it's part of the media training they receive.
Will someone please start training Democrats, liberals, and progressives to SPEAK LOUDLY when they need to, i.e., when they're dealing with someone who constantly tries to talk over them? They don't have to come off like Gilbert Gottfried (not that there's anything wrong with that!) but they do have to start learning how to deal with this extremely annoying tactic.
Either that or just go on media shows that have the sense to deal with the loud-mouths the way Democracy Now does.