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Old 07-24-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Ever since the primaries debates were first conceived there has been an obvious bias towards the more popular candidates. To me it seems that the moderators of the debates should give equal time and equal questions to each candidate in the debates. By focusing on mainly two or three candidates the moderators are effectively telling the American public that those people are the better candidates. And then afterwards they claim that because more people support those candidates, they should get even more time! That's clearly faulty logic. The media wields its power for its own interests, and not those of the American people.

I believe that throughout the debates, the moderators should show no preference between candidates in order to show the viewers more points of view. I also believe that the rules should be more strict regarding time allotted to answer questions, a la the Supreme Court, where they literally cut off your microphone. This will cut down on useless rhetoric and force the candidates to be concise with their answers, paring them down to actually answering the question.

The media presents the debates in such a way that people believe they only have a few viable options for president, and in doing so, they make it so that that's actually the case. Media should strictly present information, and not influence decisions.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Interesting concept and rules. Do you believe this would allow for more "prepared answers" or more honest answers?
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Interesting concept and rules. Do you believe this would allow for more "prepared answers" or more honest answers?
Honestly I think you're going to get fairly prepared answers either way. The only difference is that you'll get shorter and tidier soundbites instead of long-winded ones. They couldn't help but be more direct with more limited time.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Oh yeah, and more regulated answering times also allows for more questions to be asked (preferably to more candidates).
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