ABC News Discusses The "Debate Over The Debate"
Following what many news outlets and viewers labeled a disaster of a debate, ABC News decided to address its critics by discussing the "debate over the debate" on its evening news cast Thursday. Charles Gibson, who along with George Stephanopoulos endured heckles from the debate audience at the end of the program ("the crowd is turning on me"), began the segment by noting that last night both Clinton and Obama showed they could "take a political punch." But the real blows today, he acknowledged, "were being aimed at the debate itself and the questions it asked."
Was this to be the beginning of a thorough airing of self-criticism from ABC? A string of mea culpas? An apology to viewers by Charles Gibson? Not exactly. Watch for yourself and let us know what you think of ABC's discussion of the reaction to the debate