Defending Charlie And George
I have never seen 25 stories posted on the same topic before today, but there they are: 25 stories, all of them critical of ABC's handling of last night's debate. Here are some representative headlines:
- The Debate: A Shameful Night for US Media
- An open letter to Charlie Gibson and George Stephanapoulos
- THESE QUESTIONS ARE A DISGRACE
- The ABC News “Freak Show”
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.Well, shoot, what are Charlie and George to do? Here they are employed by a dinosaur media that's trying desperately to survive, getting ready to run a debate between Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care and mortgage crises, the overall state of the economy and dozens of other pressing issues had to wait for their few moments in the sun as Obama was pressed to explain his recent "bitter" gaffe and relationship with Rev. Wright (seemingly a dead issue) and not wearing a flag pin while Clinton had to answer again for her Bosnia trip exaggerations.
Ask a question on health care and what do you get? No sparks, no recognizable difference between the two. Ditto for the mortgage meltdown, the war, the economy -- just two Libs with Lib ideas that are separated by fly specks and hairs' breadth.
So Charlie and George went on the Internet, maybe asking for a little help to get them started, and they found where the emotion and the meat is. Hillary making up stories, Obama being an elitist snob. And they ran with it.
As they should have.
The fact that the left is howling in unison this morning is evidence they did the right thing. Americans elect presidents for two reasons: Policy and heart. With Obama and Hillary, though, it's all heart since they're policy clones, so Charlie and George gave voters -- not leftist pundits and campaign czars -- what they needed to decide how to cast their primary vote.
We'll get to the meaty stuff after the conventions, when the two remaining candidates for the job will have very, very different answers to questions about the economy, the war and the state of our nation.