Chris Wallace of Fox News was a failure as a moderator on last night’s “debate” by President Trump and Joe Biden, Jr.
He let that program devolve into total chaos in which we viewers couldn’t understand much about candidates’ positions because they talked right over one another on open mics. Even more aggravating was that both candidates would ignore the core of a question and just nibble around the edges. Wallace occasionally reminded them they hadn’t answered, but never demanded one or said he would not move on until the person answered satisfactorily.
And then he let the whole thing go to hell and become two children in a sandbox arguing, “did”, “did not,” “did,” and ending with “would you shut up, man?” These are the best we can put up to lead the country?
Yes, Trump was the worst offender and the one that started the talk-overs right from the first time Biden had the floor for his 2 minutes.
I don’t know why they call them debates since they don’t fit any of the guidelines of the National Forensic Association. I did debating all through high school and never encountered such a messy, unregulated performance. I’ve questioned candidates on TV and never run into such arrogance and trampling of rules of decency.
Frankly, I wish Wallace had had the good sense to say “gentlemen, this has become a joke and I refuse to take part in it. I’m finished here. We’ll be turning off the lights. This disgusting affair is over.” Then walked out of the near-empty auditorium.
We wouldn’t have missed anything because the candidates weren’t giving anything of substance anyway.
One sad thing is that many of today’s TV journalists have become actors and performers and sold their souls to their networks, cable companies or general managers. The show must go on!
No it mustn’t! It needs to be stopped when it becomes a loser and a bad joke.
At a minimum, the debate commission needs to install a “kill microphone” button at a moderator’s desk. When one candidate is using his/her speaker time, the other’s mic is disabled.