The media that organizes and runs debates is now doing lots of hand-wringing over Monday's seven way face-off at Hofstra University. The criticism is that it was a sideshow and that "the issues" were not discussed.
The event sponsored by NEWSDAY and cable news Channel 12 allowed the candidates who qualified to be on the ballot to get some exposure, instead of just limiting exposure to those who can afford to buy ads. If you don't like those candidates running, the MSM should advocate for even more restrictive ballot access laws.
I was there so I feel qualified to discuss the event. There was a ton of media, so they thought it important, and it was run by reputable news organizations at a college that hosted one of the 2008 Presidential Debates.
Whether you think the minor party candidates are worthy of your vote is your business.....If they qualify for the ballot, they deserve some kind of exposure for them and their issues. After all, election law says they are all in the hunt for 50,000 votes to get ballot status for their party.
As for one liners used to garner attention....We plead guilty as charged....
I disagree that candidates didn't answer questions. They did, but some of them didn't have the clarity or discipline to answer in the 90 second window meaning the moderator had to cut them off...After the major party candidates did that a few times, I wondered about their clarity of thought and manners.
The fact that Andrew Cuomo chose to rely on platitudes practiced time and time again over the summer is not the viewers problem....He didn't need to say anything, and he didn't. Today's Siena poll has him up by 34....I wouldn't say anything either.
Carl Paladino's erratic performance was telling in itself.
The focused and concise comments from my candidate, Ms Davis, were well done....Mr. Redlich's answers were good...The radical left wing rants from Mr. Barron and Mr. McMillen and Mr. Hawkins reminded me why New York is in the state it is. I learned a lot from the debate....
If the candidate all the media has endorsed wants to discuss these "issues" we hear about, my friend Liz would be glad to get off her sickbed this week to do that interview.....So far, Mr Cuomo hasn't and he won't do anymore "debates."
The sponsors of the debate at Hofstra provided a medium for candidates to get a message out. If the candidates didn't refine and focus their message well enough for the hand wringers in the MSM, I would suggest those folks reconsider their endorsements.
Watertown Daily Times What debate?