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ABC Debate: Reprehensible Trash-Fest

April 18th, 2008

Insipid, shoddy, despicable, ridiculous, tawdry, astonishingly miserable, embarrassing, inane, frivolous, historically poor quality, stupid, disgusting, a really, really horrible freak show, a trainwreck, an unmitigated travesty, and the biggest sham I’ve ever seen. These are all descriptions taken from various blogs and editorials about the “debate” tonight, where former Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos took notes from Sean Hannity on how to smear Obama, and Charlie Gibson acted even worse. The first half hour was nothing but Obama-bashing, talking about lapel pins, the Weathermen, “Bittergate,” and Wright–with Hillary piling on. The “mediators” were even booed by the audience at the end. Even arch-conservative Jonah Goldberg called it “nothing but Republican water-carrying,” and many expressed the belief that John McCain was the big winner of the debate.

Like Kevin Drum, I am thankful I was not able to watch it live. The problem: from what I have heard of the freak show, it was a microcosm of “media” coverage of the Democratic race: primarily a long streak of candidate-bashing, manufacturing fake “controversies” so as to boost ratings and prolong the “exciting horse race” which is this disaster of a primary season. The “press” is thoroughly and apparently unashamedly invested in turning this into festival of scandal, while not reporting on trivial stuff like the Vice President, Secretary of State, and Attorney General gathering in secret to discuss how often a child’s testicles may be crushed as they quietly repeal the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Of course, this may all just be the infamous “Liberal Media™” at work….

Some are suggesting that this will backlash and Obama will receive a surge of donations and maybe even a boost in Pennsylvania (I’m considering donating myself, if for no other reason than to make a statement). I am hoping for a bigger backlash against the so-called “journalists” and the noxious, steaming river of manure they are calling “news” these days. Some of this is expressed in this roundup by The Moderate Voice.

Update: Obama wraps it up:

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  1. Tim Kane
    April 18th, 2008 at 13:02 | #1

    It’s a cold day in hell when Jonah Goldberg is on point and makes sound sense. I mean a very cold day. Perhaps Ice age even. This is the first time I’ve ever read anything he’s said that made any sense at all, and coming from him, makes it profound. When someone from his corner calls ABC’s effort at hosting a debate inept and partisan then, by God, it was partisan. If Goldberg can see it… Now, since I’ve always thought that Goldberg was perhaps the biggest box of rocks amongst the punditry, that means, he’s stepped up a level, however how minimal. It also means that Gibson and Stephanopolous (spell?) are the new class dunces. They actually had to dig a whole under Goldberg’s shoe in order to find a way to be beneath him in dignity, integrity, and fundamental soundness. I hope there’s a backlash against this of profound proporations, both against the careers of Gibson and Stephonolous and for Barrack.

    It would be nice that there be a public out cry against this so great that Obama actually gains instead of losing.

  2. April 18th, 2008 at 17:45 | #2

    George Stephanopoulos sounded like an audiophile walking into Best Buy and asking about some crappy speaker to try and trap them to make himself feel better. George Stephanopoulos is to politics as Billy Mitchel is to video games. George Stephanopoulos feel like he is on top of the world looking down on creation. George Stephanopoulos was beat up in middle school. the end

  3. Dora
    April 19th, 2008 at 03:23 | #3

    I would like to know what people think. If there is so much indication that elections were stolen twice in a row, what makes people believe that they won’t be stolen this year???

    McCain seemed to be the republican candidate least to be aligned with the American (and other) people and all of a sudden he is the only candidate???? Oh please!

    REALLY, I am curious. I would like to know if most people are buying into the scam – all the idiotic debates we see on TV that talk about everything except what really matters to us – or if they have any concerns whatsoever about the next stolen elections.

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