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If I were a candidate, this is what I would say to the debate moderators: "As members of the Fourth Estate, you should be concerned about what is important and substantive, with what really matters in the world. Many journalists seem to be suffering from some sort of pop culture disorder in which the excessive behavior of celebrities has become just as significant and important as major world events and how they relate to the lives of the average American citizen. For example, you seemed afraid to ask President Bush the kinds of critical questions that would require him to justify his argument for his Iraq war; and as Iraq descended into hell, the news reports fed to the American people descended into stupidity, with the endless barrage of celebrity stories practically taking over the news landscape. What kind of country IS this?"