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Wed Sep 16, 2015, 10:54 PM

Question about primary debates.

Have primary debates always been moderated by partisans? Everyone has biases, of course, and some will argue that supposed non-partisans sympathize with one political party more than another. But my memory of primary debates is very foggy, and I'm only 37, so I'm wondering if some of you might recall when primary debates started being moderated by obvious partisans. Maybe it's always been that way.

It's bad enough that candidates lie and don't get called out for doing so. Must moderators set the stage for falsehoods with questions based on false premises?

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Garrett78 Sep 2015 OP
Smarmie Doofus Sep 2015 #1
brooklynite Sep 2015 #2
Garrett78 Sep 2015 #3
Uncle Joe Sep 2015 #6
yeoman6987 Sep 2015 #4
Garrett78 Sep 2015 #5
yeoman6987 Sep 2015 #7
Garrett78 Sep 2015 #8

Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2015, 11:17 PM

1. In my memory, they were always moderated by people who at least pretended to be impartial.

 

Until tonite.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 16, 2015, 11:23 PM

2. Primary debates are relatively new...

Most of the debates you're thinking of are for the GE, and are sponsored by the LWV or the Commission on Presidential Debates. Primary debates are largely sponsored by an advocacy group or network.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 12:33 AM

3. When did primary debates begin?

I know they've existed for at least a few election cycles, and I can't recall a circus like I witnessed tonight. But my memory isn't so great, and I'm not sure I've paid as much attention in the past.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 12:43 AM

6. From what I could find, 1948

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 12:38 AM

4. Anderson cooper is doing the democratic debate

 

So yes they are partisan but not sure if they always were.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 12:41 AM

5. And that's what I'm hoping to determine.

Because it's already obvious that the moderators are abundantly partisan. The Republican candidate debate moderators asked question after question based on false premises. It'd be laughable if there weren't so many people who didn't recognize that.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 12:44 AM

7. They were republican moderators so of course

 

You will see the same thing with Anderson. You don't want to purposefully screw the party you support.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 17, 2015, 01:04 AM

8. We agree about the current reality, but that's not my question.

I'm asking if primary debates have always been moderated by such obvious partisans. Or if this is a new development. Or at least a development that has strengthened. When a noted conservative talk radio host is moderating a debate, there isn't even an attempt at displaying impartiality or what some might call journalistic integrity. But has that always been the case? Was that the case in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008? Or is this largely the product of partisan cable "news"/infotainment programs that have produced celebrity partisans?

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