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RWers Slam YouTube Debates

from Townhall:

George Washington. Abraham Lincoln. Franklin Roosevelt. John F. Kennedy. Ronald Reagan. Who among these men would answer, with a straight face, a question posed by a snowman?

One wonders about the seriousness of a nation that considers the YouTube debate hosted by CNN a success and a triumph. Countless commentators have fawned over how refreshing it was to replace those stuffy old reporters with videos of real people with real concerns. Michael Finnegan and Matea Gold of the LA Times gushed, "Free-wheeling video questions from ordinary citizens put a fresh spark into the staid ritual of presidential debates this week, with everything from a talking snowman to a guy cradling a rifle he called 'my baby'." The reporters then said the debate was more like American Idol than Meet the Press. The implication was that this is a good thing.

Oh, this is rich... The wingnuts have been complaining forever that the "liberal media" hates them and how they tilt debates in favor of the Dem candidates. But when the format is opened up so the questions come from average Americans rather than "media elite," that's even worse!

Jeez, let's just be honest guys. You don't want anybody questioning anything that Republicans say or do, period. We should all be satisfied with the words of Snow and Limbaugh and Rove and TRUST them to tell us the truth...

BWAH HA HA HA HA HAHHHHH.... Excuse me, I've got to go catch my breath...


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Comments (7)

P. Bunyan:

Ignoring the hypocrisy of your assigning the opinion of one individual* to a whole group, Paul, I just wonder about one thing. You wrote: " But when the format is opened up so the questions come from average Americans rather than "media elite," that's even worse!"

Do you think the questions for that debate were randomly selected? Do you think they answered every question that was submitted? Or do you think they just took the first 20 or 30 or 50 questions that were submitted regardless of what they were?

The Democrat Youtube debate was carefully scriped. They used carefully selected questions and the candidates knew the questions that were to be asked before the debate started. How can you possible say that the format was "open"? That's pretty clueless.

And your third paragraph was projection on such a grand scale it's almost shocking. (Not really though, mostly typical of a left minded person.)

*(To whom you don't even link, so one would have to search to find the article from which you cherry picked the quote...)

Paul Hamilton:

Bunyan:
You're right, I left out the link.

Here it is:
http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/KenConnor/2007/07/29/the_youtube_debate_send_in_the_clowns

But anyway, please share with us what format you believe would be acceptable for a Republican debate.

bryanD:

"George Washington. Abraham Lincoln. Franklin Roosevelt. John F. Kennedy. Ronald Reagan. Who among these men would answer, with a straight face, a question posed by a snowman?"

Well, since Geo Washington was the top apron-wearing Freemason in America, and since Roosevelt and Kennedy were Ivy League frat boys, and since Lincoln came of age during the age of the minstrel show, and since Reagan worked in drug-addled Hollywood of the 1940s, I'd say a snowman-apparreled questioner could be tolerated.

...OH! With a "straight face"!!?

OK, Townhall, you got me! *eye roll*
Bring it down! You laughed! Everybody out!

_Ron Paul 08_

ke_future:

i like the general premise of the youtube debate, however, the format can be rather ridiculous. seriously, a talking snowman asking a question during a presidential debate. if you can't see that some would find that undignified, i don't know what you would.

it's not hyprocracy to state that the media elite are liberal and biased against conservatives, yet not like the you tube format. it's not an either or situation.

basically, paul, you're wrong and exaggerating this issue. it has nothing to do with not wanting to answer questions, it has to do with not liking the format it was done in.

nothing at all like all those democrats who refuse to debate on Fox because they're afraid of the questions they would get, is it?

P. Bunyan:

"please share with us what format you believe would be acceptable for a Republican debate."

I have no problem with the Youtube format. I doubt most "rightwingers" do either.

It does say a lot when the Republicans were willing to face MSNBC, but the cowardly Democrats are afraid of Fox News.

And thanks for the link Paul. Still it's one mans opinion, not the entire right wing's opinion. The Republican's are doing their own Youtube debate for crying out loud...

Paul Hamilton:

I wanted them to appear on Fox. If they pulled their usual nonsense, the candidates could have stood as one and denounced the network's blatant partisanship. But they were too cowardly...

As for the format, at least it lent some credibility to the questions. "Media elite" would never have dreamed up a talking snowman... And I'd rather see a formate that is less dignified and more populist. A lot of candidates isolate themselves and carefully format their appearances so that they never really encounter any serious issues. IMHO, the debates are WAY too regimented -- I want to see raised voices and finger pointing like the good old days and see how the candidates really stand up under unexpected pressure. The YouTube debates don't go far enough in that direction, but it's a start.

P. Bunyan:

RE #6, I agree.


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