MEDIA CRITICS HAVE come down hard on ABC for their questions asked during Wednesday's Democratic debate. The 90-minute debate featured the first 45 minutes focusing on minor controversies rather than issues.
Debate hosts Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos (a former Bill Clinton senior advisor) have stood by their line of questioning, which focused on issues like Barrack Obama not wearing a flag pin, and Hillary Clinton lying about coming under sniper fire in Bosnia.
Some people have accused ABC of trying to put on exciting programming rather than provide a public service (the day after the debate, ABC bragged that 10.7 million people watched).
Longtime 60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt, who also produced the 1960 debate between Kennedy and Nixon, acknowledged to the New York Times that there was a great deal of show biz and appealing to the audience in the debate.
"When you’re in television," he said, "that’s your job."
Is there anything wrong with that?
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