As a young person, I watched the League of Women Voters host presidential debates. They weren't sensational--they were structured and fair. Time was managed fairly; questions were fair because they were pertinent to the issues. They were questions about policy, not lapel pins.
I don't think the bias of the moderators should be glaringly evident. I don't think they should say whether they thought a candidate answered a question completely or to the moderators' satisfaction. There is no place for a debate moderator to express any opinion whatsoever. The purpose of the debate is to give the voters the information they need to make informed decisions at the polls.
If ABC and other major news sources want to be taken seriously by the American people, they need to go back to the basics of journalism. No bias, no analysis. Isn't that what the op-ed page is for?
Thank you for this opportunity to express my deep concerns about this debate in particular and journalism in general.
San Antonio, TX
Apr 18 2008 - 6:00pm