- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The word “debate” has several definitions, but neither lends itself to the media circus that transpired during what was meant to be the second GOP candidate debate last week.

The event was clearly an attempt by the media to direct attention to the two or three front-runners. It would have more aptly been named the “Romney-Perry Debate.” Isn’t this type of contest usually left to the end, when the candidates from each party are discussing their issues? My anger is not just at MSNBC; the Republican debate on Fox News was just as partial, as was C-SPAN’s. At one point in the latest debate, a candidate’s remarks were actually cut off in mid-discussion in order for the network to replay another candidate’s comments.

This much-hyped MSNBC debate encouraged the candidates to fight each other instead of focusing on their individual ideals and/or records. There were cheap shots at religious beliefs. Questions were directed to certain individuals, while others were not asked to answer that same question.

Although there were time limits, some candidates were allowed to talk at length while others were cut off abruptly. Only when some brave individual demanded to be heard was that candidate allowed to weigh in on the issue. This sometimes resulted in that individual being scolded like a child because there were “agreed-upon time limits.” Some candidates got to rebut, while others were told that the commentators were moving on to another question.

A fair debate would have had the same question directed to each candidate and sticking to the time limits for answering the question and rebuttal.

The candidates deserve equal time to explain why their ideas would be the best to correct the ills of this country. It’s time for the media to stop trying to brainwash their viewers on who is the best or worst, the most committed or the craziest. The media’s responsibility is to present the facts, not tell us citizens whom to vote into office. It’s time for Americans to take responsibility for themselves. Isn’t that what our Founding Fathers did? If they hadn’t, we would still be bowing to the king.

ANITA GAUCK

Columbus, Ind.

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