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Commission on Presidential Debates will make changes to “maintain order”

From a news release by the Commission on President Debates:

Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly. The Commission … intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.

The commission also said it was “grateful” to moderator Chris Wallace for “the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate.”

I don’t get why Wallace has not come if for criticism for arguing policy points with the candidates. He repeatedly sought to correct them. When Candy Crowley corrrected a claim by Mitt Romney during a 2012 debate with Barack Obama, there was an uproar.

5 thoughts on “Commission on Presidential Debates will make changes to “maintain order””

  1. Keith – our media has become so partisan – both sides of the isle, but especially on the left. There were plenty of comments on Twitter (my first time following anything on Twitter) about his performance. Some excuses made for him. Bottom line – he was supposed to be in charge. We expected that there would be a brawl from both sides. It’s gotten more that way over the past 3 or 4 Presidential elections. I watched virtually none of the primary debates with Democrats, but what I did see was not unlike last night. Kamala Harris accusing Biden of being a racist and now she is his running mate. Society in general has become more aggressive and rude.. Language of people of all ages and beliefs is horrible. The “f” word flies like it is nothing unusual. I really do believe social media has contributed to most of it. I don’t do Facebook, Instagram or any of the sites (whatever they may be called). I am constantly annoyed by all the commercials on sites I go to for reading articles. I see Biden released an avalanche of ads on media – I think it (I will use a nicer word here) ticks people off. Can’t the man go out and visit with his voters; can’t he and his wife ditch the masks once in a while. I notice she had one on at the debate – don’t know if it eventually came off – but it looks pathetic. I’m reasonably certain those in attendance had been checked for Covid. To be honest I think that’s all he has – he wears masks to show he really cares! He is surrounded by enablers and power hungry people. He looks old and worn out. Trump has his faults as well, but we know who he is – nothing really phony about him. They all exaggerate so people shouldn’t go there. Personally the questions that are usually asked by moderators are to build them up. Just ask the darned question, i.e. Do you support Law and Order? Do you support Israel? The questions don’t have to be complex or have multiple parts to them. I’m glad I didn’t waste 90 minutes last night – got updates from my husband (who left it after a while) and checked some follow up afterwards.

  2. Less than 10 minutes in to the debate and I thought “Chris Wallace has lost control of this completely”. He was a terrible moderator and not just because he clearly favored Biden. The media just cannot see/understand that 1) they really are NOT impartial; 2) ordinary folks see that they are NOT impartial; and 3) that is why people do not trust the media anymore.

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