Thursday, April 17, 2008

What Really Matters in This Election


I tried to watch the Democratic debate last night. I really tried. But there was no there there. The moderaters, faux journalists Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, asked questions about trivial bullshit for the first hour. Here's what they, and ABC (owned by Disney) think matter: Who will run for vice president, Bittergate, Snipergate, American flag lapel pins, knowing a former member of the Weather Underground, polls, Reverend Wright.

What really matters: The war, the economy, healthcare, the housing market, food prices, gas prices, climate change, torture, war crimes, outsourcing America, restoring America's moral core, and so much more.

We got almost nothing of the latter, and way too much of the former, from the debate.

It was almost unbearable to watch. Bizarrely, Charlie Gibson reserved his most withing contempt for the candidates refusing to agree not to raise the capital gains tax. What, did he sell stock this year?

If you'd like to let ABC know how disappointed you are in how execrably poor the debate monitors were, you can

- call them: ABC Switchboard: 212-456-7777

- email a response: ABC News Network Programming Feedback

- or call or email these honchos

ABC NEW YORK NEWSROOM: (212) 456-5100 Newsroom Fax Machine 212.456.5150

Peter Salinger (THE MAN IN CHARGE OF ELECTION COVERAGE) Director, Special Events & Sports 212.456.5105

Cristi LandesManager, Programming 212.456.5107

Wayne Fisk Director, Programming 212.456.5327

Jeff Fitzgerald Executive Director, Operations 212.456.5554

Heidi Oringer Executive Director, Entertainment 212.456.5541

Jon Newman News Coverage 212.456.5100

Joyce Alcantara Assignment Manager 212.456.5106

Jim Kane Deputy D.C. Bureau Chief 212.222. 6604

Andrew Kalb Executive Director, Programming 05.567.2269

Robert Garcia Executive Director, News & Sports 212.456.5103

Tom Shales, Washington Post: In Pa. Debate, The Clear Loser Is ABC

Greg Mitchell, HuffPo: The Debate: A Shameful Night for the U.S. Media

Jason Linkins, HuffPo: Worst. Debate. Ever.

Hunter, dailykos: The Collapse Of The National Press

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