Viewers Blast ABC’s ‘Gotcha’ Debate, But They Watched
April 18, 2008 10:26 AM
I just knew yesterday when I got that email blast from the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org that ABC would pay in the headlines today. (MoveOn supports Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama and not his opponent Hillary Clinton.)
Press coverage today was indeed highly critical of the way ABC’s Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos led a debate between Democratic hopefuls Clinton and Obama on Wednesday.
ABC News’ Web site was jammed with comments highly critical of the “gotcha” style of the first 45 minutes of the two-hour debate. The moderators focused on Obama’s link to Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his more recent comments about rural Americans using guns and religion as crutches.
Clinton didn’t fare any better, being constantly reminded of her false campaign claim that she was under fire in Bosnia while first lady.
Frankly, by the time the questioning moved on to more pertinent issues like the economy and the war in Iraq, I was surfing elsewhere.
Did you watch? Do you think ABC’s two moderators were out of control? I do.
But it doesn’t matter. Wednesday’s ABC debate was the most-watched of this political race, attracting 10.7 million viewers according to Nielsen Media Research.
So expect to see more of the same in upcoming debates.