Last night, Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Countdown did a couple of tough-minded segments on the shameful performance by ABC on the Obama-Clinton debate (which I have chronicled here previously). Among other things he played the audio of Stephanopoulos taking dictation from Hannity and read off a couple of dozen questions that were NOT asked this week -- all of which he had put forward when he hosted a candidates' debate last August.
I have to admit that the big guy used -- before I could -- a reference to Walter Mondale asking Gary Hart "Where's the Beef?" at a debate in 1984, a line that Obama and Clinton could have directed at the journalists this week.
But we agreed that maybe Charlie Gibson, who has been hooted or booed twice this year by audiences at debates, maybe ought to be chained to his anchor desk for the public good.
What a night. It ended with my piece on the debate getting flashed on the screen on the Colbert Report amidst appearances by Obama, Clinton and Edwards.
Video of my segment on Countdown below.
Greg Mitchell is author of the new book, So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President -- Failed on Iraq. It includes a foreword by Joe Galloway and preface by Bruce Springsteen.