And he laughed.
Apparently I’m not the only one that wasn’t particularly thrilled with the way that Stephy and Charlie Gibson chose to turn what was supposed to be a debate into a two hour political tabloid-like beat down. The crowd that was there live was booing the moderators just as they went into the last commercial break of the event.
As the Huffington Post further chronicles, ABC’s blowback didn’t end with the heckling of its moderators. No, its website was apparently deluged with messages from angry viewers disgusted with the fact that ABC’s moderators chose to spend over half of the debate digging at controversies instead of discussing the issues.
But I think the laugh is what truly angers me. Why?
Because it’s simply not funny. It’s not funny that an outlet for the Mainstream Media has decided to insult our intelligence, nor do I find it particularly humorous that ABC has taken it upon itself to define tabloid journalistic standards for measuring a prospective president.
It’s not funny because this is so much more important than gotcha politics and gotcha journalism.
But of course Gibson and Stephy can laugh, because when McCain is president a year from now, they’re not likely to be affected. They’re in that top few percentage points that won’t likely have to continue weathering the economic storm that began with Bush and will likely continue under McCain’s Bush-like approach to the economy, and somehow, I don’t imagine either of their daughters will go off to fight in our new war with Iran.
So for them, they might be in a position to laugh. For the rest of us though… I just don’t get the joke.
–Edited by Kathy