Thursday, April 17, 2008

ABC: Ambush 'Bama Club

ABC News, Charlie "Gotcha" Gibson, and George "Step-on-neck"-opoulos delivered the worst presidential debate forum yet to news-as-entertainment-weary voters just looking for answers to the crippling Bush baggage they and the nation are dragging around after nearly 8 years of crass ineptness.

There should have been an opening bell to start the "Battle of Baggage" (Collins-NYTimes).... a bare-knuckle ambush of Barack Obama, with gleeful low blows from Hillary Clinton.

In the first 52 minutes of "the 24th debate Wednesday night, the Democratic candidates for president tossed personal baggage back and forth" with Obama being the main target of moderators Gibson and Stephanopoulos who dredged up already chewed-over campaign gaffes and by-association assaults for trip-up points.

Gibson's pushy role of bully-in-the-schoolyard.... while "I'm here too" George piled on.... was gutter spectator sport at the country's expense. Voters deserve more.

ABC News should be ashamed. A once-great news organization has proven to be just Another Big Corporation out to sensationalize, not illuminate, the national political discourse.

Collins says of the media trash-fest .... "You were all excited about this election and now you feel like someone who got all dressed up for a great event and wound up at a B-list party with a cash bar. You never want to hear the words "bitter" or "Bosnia" again."

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