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October 5, 2008

2nd Presidential Debate: Tom Brokaw Is A Blatant John McCain Supporter – Will He Be A Fair Debate Moderator?

 The second presidential debate is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 7 at 9PM EST/8PM CST.

The debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  The debate will be in the Town Hall format and questions will be taken from the audience and some from the internet. 

Participants in the town meeting will pose their questions to the candidates after reviewing their questions with the moderator for the sole purpose of avoiding duplication. The participants will be chosen by the Gallup Organization and will be undecided voters from the Nashville, Tennessee standard metropolitan statistical area. During the town meeting, the moderator has discretion to use questions submitted by Internet. 

The host will be Tom Brokaw of NBC who is a John McCain supporter. Mr. Brokaw has said that over the summer he had “advocated” within the executive suite of NBC News to modify the anchor duties of the MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews on election night and on nights when there were presidential debates. Brokaw thought that Olbermann and Matthews used their time on air to engage in ‘commentary’. NBC said earlier this month that the two hosts would mostly relinquish their anchor duties to Mr. Gregory, while being present as analysts during debates and special election coverage.

Brokaw also said he has conducted some “shuttle diplomacy in recent weeks” between NBC and the McCain campaign.  His mission, he said, was to assure McCain’s aides that — despite some negative on-air commentary by Mr. Olbermann in particular — Mr. McCain could still get a fair shake from NBC News.

On the Sunday, September 28 edition of Meet The Press, Tom Brokaw moderated a debate between McCain strategist Steve Schmidt and Obama strategist David Axelrod on topics ranging from Iraq to the Wall Street bailout which Axelrod seemed to win. At the end, Tom Brokaw did something unusual, he opted to give himself the last word and told the audience:

“In fairness to everybody here, I’m just going to end on one note. And that is that we continue to poll on who’s best equipped to be Commander in Chief, and John McCain continues to lead in that category despite the criticism from Barack Obama by a factor of 53 to 42 percent in our latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Gentlemen, thank you very much. “

In fact, the latest NBC poll actually has no question about Commander in Chief. It turns out that Brokaw was referring to a poll taken weeks ago – right after the Republican convention and well before the September 26 national security debate. In each of NBC’s last two polls, Americans chose Obama over McCain so Brokaw was being quite dishonest.

Brokaw is very blatant and bold with his support of McCain; can he be a fair moderator?

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  1. McCain thinks that he will shine in this Town Hall style debate. Well, he may be shocked because once people meet Barack Obama, they tend to like him. Obama will steal the show because he comes as a warm person that genuinely cares about people. McCain keeps an emotional distance from people. These two distinct personalities will be very evident during the debate. Clinton beat Dole in the Town Hall basically because Clinton connected with the audience. Obama has that same audience connection. I wouldn’t be surprised with the viewers are shouting “Obama, Obama” at the end the debate 8)

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — October 5, 2008 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  2. Obama! Obama! 😆

    Comment by Paulette — October 5, 2008 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  3. Obama is freaking great at townhall meetings, I don’t even know why the McCain campaign would raise expectations for McCain by saying hes better at townhalls. I have watched both of their townhalls numerous times, and McCain usually gets annoyed when asked tough questions. Obama on the other hand is more personal and relate-able, and funny. I think unless Obama trips and falls on his face, then McCain will lose the debate. Hopefully McCain will be stiff and not look and Obama.

    Comment by sensico — October 5, 2008 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  4. Sensico – let the McCain campaign believe what they want to. I’ve heard commentators say that Obama is too ‘cool’. I’ve watched him and he laughs and jokes and he has a good time with the audience. Let them believe what they want to. On Wednesday they’ll be eating crow.

    Comment by Paulette — October 5, 2008 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  5. Brokaw is a conservative blowhole who needs to have the same thing done to him that was done to KO and CM. He is practically a McCain surrogate.

    Comment by expatforobama — October 5, 2008 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

  6. Obama’s laughing and joking with the audience is just what Bill Clinton does and did during the debate with Dole. And we all know how that turned out 🙂

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — October 5, 2008 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  7. I want to see McCain getting all angry and pissy again. Let the viewers once again see how nasty he is. McCain thinks he will land a KO with the town hall format. He’ll be overconfident and arrogant going in. He’s going to stumble.

    Comment by Bruce — October 6, 2008 @ 1:52 am | Reply

  8. Bruce that would be delish – Old Crow McCain angry on national tv during the debates…that would be lovely!

    Comment by Paulette — October 6, 2008 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  9. Can we just play the video of McCain with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board for the crowd at the debate? Or on TV over and over and over the way cable news does? That’s the real McCain. I think he’ll stumble, too, because you know he’ll get questions on the economy.

    Comment by deannaizme — October 6, 2008 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  10. Deanna – I like that idea – just play the Des Moines interview in a loop – 😆

    Comment by Paulette — October 6, 2008 @ 11:34 am | Reply

  11. obama rules!! McCain is as slimy as they come out for himself and his fellow RICH upper class. Extremely dishonest and a true scumbag politician

    Comment by Dave — October 7, 2008 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  12. Or loop the “Thanks for the question, you little jerk” comment to the KID! Yeah, that would be great. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a politician say something so distasteful EVER. Let the nation see who Mac really is.

    Comment by rnbren — October 7, 2008 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  13. Why should I trust either candidate to balance a budget or hold to promises if they cannot stay on topic or keep to mutually agreed upon time constraints?

    Comment by David Flick — October 7, 2008 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

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