After the dumpster fire that was the first presidential debate, which featured President Trump having to go to war against not only Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, but moderator Chris Wallace as well, we’re all waiting for the next debate with a little bit of trepidation.
Well, after getting to know the next moderator a little bit, it seems things are going to be just as tense, if not worse, for the president. The debate is scheduled for October 15 and will be moderated with Steve Scully, a political editor from C-SPAN and the host of a program called “Washington Journal.”
And guess who he used to be an intern for? If you guessed Joe Biden, you get fifty gold stars. Scully also worked as a staff assistant for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Gee, there’s no doubt this fellow will be totally impartial, right?
“While attending college, he served as an intern in the office of Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden, and later a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s media affairs office,” Utah Valley University noted.
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In an interview with Journalism Jobs in May 2011, when he was asked, “Has the quality of broadcast journalism decreased over the past five years?”, Scully took the opportunity to rip Fox News, stating, “I think what has gone downhill is when cable networks get caught in all the titillating news of the day when they should be focusing more on the things that are important to people, like following the money and the state of the nation. Having said that, if you’re sick and tired of watching Laci Peterson on the Fox News Channel, then you can come on to C-SPAN and understand the process that we do in following it.”
Later in the same interview, he praised Tim Russert, then-host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying, “I think Tim Russert — who is paid a lot of money to do what he does — earns his money because he works hard and he understands the process. He’s probably one of the best interviewers out there.” Then he turned to Fox News again, claiming, “We are seeing more opinionated journalism on Fox, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, the whole incident with Dan Rather.”
Asked, “What will be the long-term impact on the credibility of journalists if the public’s perceived bias in reporting goes unchecked?”, Scully said, “Journalism in general will face more credibility blows. The most important thing you have is your reputation. How people view you and the organization you work at — they’re going to see things through the prism of that. It would be a shame if we go down the path where everyone looks at The Washington Post and the New York Times and dismisses them as being supportive or critical of Republicans.”
The question at this point is whether or not there’s going to be a debate where someone truly remains impartial and allows the candidates to have the same opportunities to answer questions and get their message across to the American people?
How is picking someone who once worked for Biden going to help preserve the integrity of the debate platform? This seems like a pretty bad idea. It seems to me this is setting up the second debate to be just as explosive as the first.
How about we get a debate scheduled with Joe Rogan? I really feel like that might actually be the best option at this point.