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IT IS WHAT ABC DIDN'T CARRY THAT MAKES ME NUTS

05/25/2011 12:30 pm ET
  • Norman Horowitz Senior executive with almost 50 years of diverse media experience

Yesterday I wrote something that was critical of MoveOn and their "petition" concerning the ABC Presidential debate.

"Debate moderators abuse the public trust every time they ask trivial questions about gaffes and 'gotchas' that only political insiders care about. Enough with the distractions--ABC and other networks must focus on issues that affect people's daily lives."

The ABC debate moderators are not even that, and the ABC people did a horrid job in doing what it was that they did. Nevertheless I would ask "what is the public trust" they are talking about?" I do not approve one little bit about how the "debates" are conducted but "public trust...?"

ABC is obliged to serve "in the public interest. Convenience and necessity." This still entitles them to make and present "bad" programs, and debates poorly conducted. People expect more of ABC, and it is sad that they did not get what they expected.

"...Enough with the distractions--ABC and other networks must focus on issues that affect people's daily lives."

I did not like what ABC did, nor do I like what is done every Sunday morning on Meet the Press. Having said that, I will defend the right of ABC to do whatever it is that they do "badly" and their "right" to focus on whatever issues they choose to focus on.

If MoveOn wants to do "the petition thing" let them do it. They could ask why the Network News on ABC, CBS, and NBC broadcasts are more like "magazine" shows and contain so little REAL NEWS.

Let MoveOn ask why all four Broadcast Networks do not carry documentaries about our Wars, National Debt, Domestic Spying and other minor Constitutional violations, among so many other things?

ABC ran a very inept and ill conceived debate.

t is what they don't run that makes me crazy.

Norman Horowitz