And In Other News

Y’know, at what point do we admit that we’ve been had, I wonder? Or are we even paying attention anymore. Recent conversations have led me to ponder the idea that we just expect to be lied to by our elected representatives. What happens to a society that takes that for granted?

Who can really blame folks, though, when you read remarks like this about the upcoming presidential debates: The memorandum of understanding negotiated by the campaigns also includes an unusual level of prescriptions, particularly over the town-hall-style debate scheduled for Oct. 8, which some say undermines the idea of a voter-driven discussion. It states several times that audience participation, outside the forum questioners, is prohibited, and calls for visible timing lights, so viewers will know if someone is filibustering. “The interesting thing here is the lengths they go to to restrict the questioning at the town hall,” said Martin Plissner, a debate expert and former CBS News political director. “It makes the whole process look kind of ridiculous. It will have to be extremely mechanical.”…. Instead of the “uncommitted” voters typically invited to such events, the auditorium is to be filled with those identified by the Gallup polling organization as leaning toward but not firmly committed to Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney, and Mr. Gibson would have to call on the same number of people from each side. “If any audience member poses a question or makes a statement that is in any material way different than the question that the audience member earlier submitted to the moderator for review, the moderator will cut off the questioner and advise the audience that such nonreviewed questions are not permitted,” the agreement reads. Are they really that afraid of facing people?

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