Friday, April 18, 2008

Dispatch From the Old Folks' Home

There aren't very many people willing to defend the moderators of last night's execrable debate, but my old boss seems willing to step back and look at the big picture:

Don Hewitt, the director and producer of the Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960, said ABC’s structuring of the questions was an acknowledgment that a debate entails “a big dose of show biz” and “trying to keep an audience.”

“When you’re in television,” Mr. Hewitt said, “that’s your job.

Sure, Don...and if you're in television news...?

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