Remember the presidential “debates” of 2020, which appear even more farcical now than they did in the fall, given the rather unprecedented outcome of the election?
Remember how the debate moderators were completely objective and non-partisan?
Oh wait, it’s impossible to remember that, given that most of the “moderation” seemed to largely vanish the moment Trump had a point (not to mention during one of the many moments when Biden decidedly did not have a point).
For this reason, among many, the Republican National Committee (RNC) just might deliver a serious blow to fictional news networks by refusing to participate in debates at all by 2024.
According to David Bossie, who serves as President for Citizens United, it is basically high time for networks to realize that they cannot control the entirety of the debates, nor the election process, for that matter. And these views were made acutely clear during a conversation with Hugh Hewitt on his radio show.
“We don’t need to count on just the networks … There are so many opportunities out there, so many platforms out there that we can go to and partner with to get the message out.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Moreover, so many other platforms just might manage to serve as actually objective moderation, rather than the catastrophe modern day “debates” have become. Which Bossie also sagely detailed.
“They’re asking questions really not to impact primary Republican voters, but to have ‘gotcha’ questions and answers for the general election debate, because they all want to see their question and answer played during the general election … We have to not allow bad actors to infiltrate our debate process.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
The entirety of Bossie’s letter regarding this matter can be found here.
It is truly not a moment too soon that this possibility is already being discussed, given the total fiascos that masqueraded as “debates” that occurred in the fall.
After all, Biden was tasked with answering basically nothing, and he appeared to spend the vast majority of the time blaming Trump for a virus that originated from a nation that his own son, Hunter, continues to have rather questionable dealings with.
On top of that, Trump was forced to endure various attacks from Biden, not to mention attacks from moderators themselves, who apparently felt compelled to protect Biden from rather basic questions, the answers to which most Americans probably would be a bit interested in.
Chris Wallace exemplifies one of the absolute worst examples of partisan moderation, especially since he openly admitted to silencing Trump more than Biden. Even more astonishingly, Wallace admits to telling this to Trump himself, after Wallace pulled him aside and lectured him about his supposed mistreatment of apparently defenseless Biden.
“At a certain point, 45 minutes in, I called a halt to the debate for a moment and said ‘You know, this isn’t really serving America and please stop the interruptions … Well, why don’t you admonish him? And I said, ‘Because you’re doing a lot more of the interrupting, Mr. President.’ Biden was doing some, no question about it, but less than half as many times as the president.” [Source: Fox News]
So, “Biden was doing some, no question about it,” but only Trump is called out?
Wow, partisanship, much?
Then again, a Democrat strategist was lavishing praise upon Wallace before the debates even started, which should have been a rather telling clue that Wallace is not exactly the embodiment of objectivity.
Not if the glowing commentary of Lis Smith, the aforementioned strategist, is to be believed.
“The reality of this first debate is that Joe Biden is going to have probably the largest TV audience that he’ll have of the entire campaign … So it is incumbent upon him to make his case directly to the American people versus taking his time fact-checking or attacking or responding to attacks from Donald Trump.
Presumably, Chris Wallace was chosen for this debate because he is a master of this stuff, one of the toughest interviewers — if not the toughest interviewer — in political media today and I have no doubt he’ll serve that role.” [Source: Fox News]
“I have no doubt he’ll serve that role.”
Did he ever …
Fortunately, lemonade can be made from lemons, and the lemonade here is that Wallace’s behavior very well may justify the RNC’s abandonment of the networks entirely.
Author: Jane Hones