If you look around at some of the pundits this morning, you’ll read a lot of criticism of last night’s Obama/Clinton debate from people who point a finger at ABC News and say they “trivialized” the event.
Here’s just one critique:
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. They, and their network, should hang their collective heads in shame.
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.
I sort of liked how Gibson and Stephanopolous handled the questioning. I’d much rather hear politicians lie about trivial issues rather than important ones.