Part of the problem is that there is actually an art to debate moderation, and the training and skills of a journalist are something entirely different. That’s why you so often see answers go over time, topics ignored and people shouting at each other. It’s also why you so often see preening, self-aggrandizing questions designed to create “gaffes” or “moments” that can turn into headlines.
Here’s my proposal: Let debate coaches from local high schools or colleges moderate the debates. They can specify topics, enforce time limits and so forth, but otherwise they can leave it to the candidates to question each other. That way you eliminate the issue of moderator bias. You also eliminate the moderators’ attempts to get attention for themselves. And by the way, get rid of those stupid town hall debates where regular citizens ask the questions. Those are ridiculous.
I’m glad NBC and CNN are getting cut out . Now all we need to do is cut out the rest of the media.
Yep. Sure as hell works for me.