e-sigh says: I didn't catch CNN's coverage of the last debate. Why was it atrocious?
» SFB says: They asked frivolous questions (iPhone or BlackBerry?), had weird doo-dads on the screen, and seemed more focused on Twitter than the debate itself. John King looked particularly bad by the end of it.
sleepswithangels says: So pretty much every blog is smacking John King about the face. I have no partiular affinity for this dude, and I agree that debate was just awul, but can we say with certainty it was him that wrote the entire thing, or is it possible that CNN is just seriously out of touch these days?
» SFB says: King probably didn’t write the questions, but he did some very bad moderating which did little to make up for the questions. Did you see how many times the guy cleared his throat or tried to cut off the candidates so they’d stop talking? And how much more time would they have had if King didn’t have to do that? Basically, this debate has the same problem the rest of the network does: It can’t take its eyes off the bells and whistles. Most people would probably prefer actual debate than QR codes on their screens. Stupid questions count as bells and whistles, by the way.
[Pawlenty] choked at a critical moment when he wouldn’t repeat the criticisms he’s made of Romney to his face…if you criticize someone when they’re not around, be ready to say it to their face. If you’re not, you’re just not for real.Josh Marshall at TPM • On Pawlenty’s refusal to repeat the phrase “ObamneyCare,” which he coined last Sunday, during tonight’s debate. source (via • follow)