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In the aftermath of last night's presidential debate, several media critics have bashed ABC News and moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous.
In the Guardian of London, reporter Niall Stanageâ€™s column was entitlted, The Dumbest Debate in America?, and he lambasted the questions as being "superficial and disingenuous."
David Brooks of the New York Times blogged last night that he understood the complaints, but thought the questions were excellent. â€œThe journalistâ€™s job is to make politicians uncomfortable, to explore evasions, contradictions and vulnerabilities. Almost every question tonight did that. The candidates each looked foolish at times, but thatâ€™s their own faultâ€¦."
Will Bunch is a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, and has a popular blog called â€œAttytood.â€ He quoted Greg Mitchell of Editor and Publisher magazine as calling last nightâ€™s debate, â€œA Shameful night for the U.S. media.â€
Tune into tomorrow when we will ask Bunch what Barack Obama said when asked if he would prosecute members of the Bush administration if it were proven that they had been involved in high crimes or misdemeanors.
Meanwhile, Bunchâ€™s newspaper, the Philadelphia Daily News, endorsed Barack Obama today. â€œThe choice in Tuesdayâ€™s Democratic presidential primary is not only the one between a white woman and a black man. Itâ€™s a choice between the past and the future.â€ The paper discounted Hillary Clintonâ€™s experience, saying: â€œWe are frankly troubled by her assumption that her husbandâ€™s administration and accomplishments were her own.â€