CNN hosted what they hyped as “the last debate before the first votes” on Tuesday — and there were harsh reviews online.
The debate was moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip, along with Brianne Pfannenstiel of The Des Moines Register.
The trio was criticized for the spectacle, here’s some of what people were saying:
These moderators are not good, the questions are not good, and this debate shows why the Dems should have winnowed the no-hopers a lot earlier before fatigue set in.#DemDebate
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 15, 2020
Why does it feel like the candidates did a way better job prepping for this debate than the moderators did in prepping for this debate?#DemocraticDebate
— Jason Page (@TheBackPage) January 15, 2020
Did CNN borrow their debate moderators from Fox News tonight? What’s up with the framing of these questions?
— Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain) January 15, 2020
why do all the debate moderators read their questions like a high school student giving a presentation on a subject they don't care about?
— Tyler Glaiel (@TylerGlaiel) January 15, 2020
This debate is not worth watching. Boring as hell, moderators either are asking the same questions as past debates or are flat out terrible
— JL (@JackPLamb) January 15, 2020
It’s fun to see debate moderators ask the same questions every debate. It’s almost like they haven't seen any other debates.
— Touré (@Toure) January 15, 2020
I have never seen a political debate where the moderators target a candidate as harshly as they are targeting Sanders. It’s like being at a Yale dinner party.
— Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) January 15, 2020
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) January 15, 2020
How is it possible that I watched all the previous Democratic debates and, based on their questions, none of these moderators caught even a second of them?
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) January 15, 2020
“Wanna watch the debates?” – Emily
“Nah…CNN moderators.” – Me
[End up listening to the debate from the next room while watching three sites comment about the debate on the iPad]
— The Mandoolorian (@typefiend) January 15, 2020
And the moderating/moderators, and questions in this debate are annoying.
— Amara Enyia (@AmaraEnyia) January 15, 2020
I feel like this is not a debate between the candidates, it’s more of a debate between the candidates and the moderators. #DemocraticDebate
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 15, 2020
I've just about had it with watching this debate. The moderators are behaving as inquisitors, doing their best not to illuminate issues but to incite fireworks to boost ratings for television. It's despicable. To hell with it. I'll read the transcript after a slug of bourbon.
— James Conner (@jrcflatheadmemo) January 15, 2020
All the democratic debates should be on PBS and PBS should select the moderators. CNN shouldn’t be able to profit from a party’s debate process by selling ads and pushing conflict.
— Michael J. Foody (@MichaelJFoody) January 15, 2020
I didn’t watch the debate, but from your tweets, I gather that once again the moderators distinguished themselves by their perceptiveness, nimble questioning, and deft command of the major issues
— Tom Breen (@TJBreen) January 15, 2020
Cannot stand moderators on Democratic debate. 1 1/2 min is not enough time to address their poor quality questions and they talk over the candidates responses in order to enforce the 1 1/2 min limit. Are they even listening to their answers!
— Masanee Brown (@MasaneeB) January 15, 2020
The moderators are functionally Bernie's opponents in the debates. They share the same worldview as like Mitt Romney.
— Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) January 15, 2020
CNN proving they'll make anybody moderators of their debate. Who is this lady, and she's absolutely awful. #DemDebate
— Ed Oswald (@edoswald) January 15, 2020
Trump and the GOP have become the party of the dead
There are few morbid topics subject to greater speculation than the religious loyalty of President Donald Trump's "base." Why an alarmingly large amount of Americans refuse even to entertain any criticism of Trump deserves scrutiny from political scientists, psychologists and perhaps horror novelists working in the school of Edgar Allan Poe.
This article first appeared in Salon.
What is abundantly clear is that no matter who votes for Trump, he and the Republican Party on the national level have no interest in governing on the behalf of living human beings — with the exception of ensuring that a tiny minority of billionaires and multimillionaires enlarge their investment portfolios. Trump evinces no concern for Americans dying of the coronavirus, racist violence or any other malady or injustice. He demonstrates no regard for health care professionals courageously trying to save their patients from dying, and appears cruelly indifferent to the struggles of millions of workers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by COVID-19. Needless to say, Trump also shows contempt for Black Lives Matter, immigrants and anyone who opposes his re-election, which at this moment (and throughout his presidency) is more than half of the American public.
The GOP is a suicide cult
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
Back in March, we argued that Donald Trump had become the charismatic leader of the dumbest suicide cult ever. There were fewer than 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, but it wasn't difficult to see the trajectory we were on at even that early date. At the time, we were commenting on the President's* repeated claims that the whole thing was a big hoax and polls showing that Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they were taking steps to avoid becoming infected.
Republicans will ‘be punished harshly in November’ for ignoring Trump’s latest impeachable offense: columnist
In a column for Bloomberg, longtime political observer Jonathan Bernstein said there is not much more Donald Trump could do as president that would be more impeachable than his commutation of associate Roger Stone's sentence for lying for him -- and that Republicans who are either staying silent or cheering on the president will face the wrath of voters in November.
With only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) taking the president to task for the commutation of the convicted felon's sentence in a tweet, labeling it, "Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Bernstein said other Republicans should expect to be judged by their silence on such flagrant corruption.