David Kirkpatrick

April 17, 2008

ABC News is the big loser

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:05 pm

Commentary about last night’s “debate” is impossible to miss today. Judging by comments left by readers at various websites — most notably ABC News — the real loser was ABC News itself.

This Washington Post story pretty much sums up the general attitude.

From the link:

When Barack Obama met Hillary Clinton for another televised Democratic candidates’ debate last night, it was more than a step forward in the 2008 presidential election. It was another step downward for network news — in particular ABC News, which hosted the debate from Philadelphia and whose usually dependable anchors, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, turned in shoddy, despicable performances.

For the first 52 minutes of the two-hour, commercial-crammed show, Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news. Some were barely news to begin with.

 

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