Media Matters

  • Next time a presidential debate features a mute button, why not let the moderator control it? NBC’s Kristen Welker might agree. At the last Biden-Trump debate, a member of the debate commission was in control, as it were, of the mute button.
  • We know that presidential debates are typically more performance art than “debate,” but it’s still worth seeing the candidates juxtaposed. But let’s not concede more than we should; let’s not, as Welker did and others have done, introduce a presidential debate as “the show.” It can become self-fulfilling.
  • “(Dr. Anthony Fauci) seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope.” Yes, that was the airtimer-in-chief.

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