Just finished watching the Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. I wish I could get those 90 minutes back. And before you read any further, just be aware this post isn’t about who won or lost between those two. It is about the media and the politicians who deliver these debates to us.
I know it would be unrealistic to expect anything different, but do we really need a 90 minute debate like what we just watched to decide which party to vote for this November?
Martha Raddatz was awful, but expectedly so. After all, she is a pawn in the media system that is solely concerned about revenue and influence. Not that there’s anything wrong with either. They need to make money, and everyone wants to be influential.
But I think the media could be more influential if they weren’t so biased. Actually, I think their revenues would soar if they at least appeared to be unbiased (see Fox News for example).
But watching this tonight I’ve concluded that this symbiotic relationship between politicians and media is ruining our belittling our system. Let’s get the debates off network and cable stations and let C-SPAN carry these – with up to three or four hours available (of course, give the politicians bathroom breaks).
Imagine a three or four-hour marathon of real debate and discussion. You could tune in or out at leisure. You could DVR the whole thing and watch it over a weekend. And if you had a moderator that was more concerned about just moderating the on-going debate between the two candidates, we might get some substance.
Maybe I’m just tired after watching this latest farce, but somehow we need to do something different.
Mark my words – tomorrow’s analysis of the VP debate will be about Biden’s interruptions, rudeness and goofy facial expressions, and how Paul Ryan didn’t fight back hard enough.
Never mind the obfuscations, lies, misstatements.