So, that debate last night (full video and transcript here) was something, huh? It sure was a debate, wasn't it? There were, like, questions asked and answers answered sort of. And those moderators — Charles Gibson and George Snuffolupogus — they moderated the shit of of that moderation. Very exciting stuff. After that debate last night, I'm goddamned proud to be a goddamned American, goddamnit.
So, what were other people's reactions, I wonder?
"Wow. What the hell was that? Seriously, I'm a bit stunned. The level of discourse has reached a new low — a very new low. It was the worst debate ever. Gibson and Stephanopoulos were horrible. The questions were literally right out of right wing talk radio." (Joe Sudbay)
"In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia. They, and their network, should hang their collective heads in shame." (Greg Mitchell)
"Worst. Debate. Ever… there were times when tonight's debate ventured into territory so utterly asinine that I could scarcely believe what I was witnessing." (Jason Linkins)
"The loser was ABC News: one of the worst media performances I can remember — petty, shallow, process-obsessed, trivial where substantive, and utterly divorced from the actual issues that Americans want to talk about." (Andrew Sullivan)
"It was another step downward for network news — in particular ABC News, which hosted the debate from Philadelphia and whose usually dependable anchors, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, turned in shoddy, despicable performances." (Tom Shales)
"Looking around other sites, I guess I'm not the only one that thought this debate was unmitigated travesty." (Josh Marshall)
I thought it sucked, too.
Tags: ABC, Barack Obama, Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania