Saturday, January 5, 2008
Charlie Gibson's war
Charles Gibson contributed perhaps the worst performance as a moderator in the history of recent presidential debates, at least for the Democratic half of tonight's debacle. Did he ask even ONE question that might have, even theoretically, produced answers that illustrated any real differences between the candidates? ("Nuclear weapon going off on American soil -- for or against?"). But it was almost worth it to hear the debate audience actually laugh and hoot at Gibson when he declared that average profs at the modest school were surely making more than $100,000 year. (Hillary actually made a good crack: "This isn't NYU.") If ever there was a symbol of the death of the network news, and the insularity of the NYC/Washington media elite, there it was.
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