Friday, April 18, 2008

Enough is enough

If you missed the Democratic presidential debate on ABC Wednesday night, Editor & Publisher called it "perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years."

Moderators George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson spent the first 50 minutes obsessed with distractions that only political insiders care about--gaffes, polling numbers, the stale Rev. Wright story, and the old-news Bosnia story. And, channeling Karl Rove, they directed a video question to Barack Obama asking if he loves the American flag or not. Seriously!

I just signed a petition to ABC and other media that says: "Debate moderators abuse the public trust every time they ask trivial questions about gaffes and 'gotchas' that only political insiders care about. Enough with the distractions--ABC and other networks must focus on issues that affect people's daily lives."

Want to sign it too? We need a bunch of signers for ABC to take this concern seriously.

Click here to sign:http://pol.moveon.org/enoughdistractions/?r_by=-9170147-Xhf3iB&rc=confemail

Thanks!

2 comments:

slag said...

The most important thing we can do here is make it clear that this ABC debate is not an aberration but, instead, was a concentrated dose of what we've become used to getting out of the media.

I signed MoveOn's petition, but our people-powered petition (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/new-news) came first, and is still necessary to tell the media, that we, the average people, think this is a major issue.

Tami said...

Thanks, Slag. I signed the people's petition, too!

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