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ABC Sorry for 'Character' Debate, Plans 'Policy' Forum

by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace · 10 Comments · · Print This Story Print This Story

(2008-04-19) — ABC News today issued an apology to the Democrat party and progressive pundits, on behalf of journalists George Stephanopolous and Charles Gibson, for allowing this week’s Democrat presidential debate to descend into ‘tangential character issues‘ like honesty, integrity and personal association with terrorists and racists.

To atone for this ‘gross disservice‘, ABC News said it would set aside up to three full minutes in prime time on the eve of Tuesday’s presidential primary in Pennsylvania to allow Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama “to fully debate their substantive policy differences.”

As a further demonstration of its commitment to serious coverage of the issues that divide the Democrat rivals, the network said it would air the policy debate with “limited commercial interruption.”

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ms RightWing, Ink // Apr 19, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I think they should have used the exploding Chevy pickup routine at the end of the debate.

    It would have been interesting to see which candidate thought the set-up was unethical

  • 2 Tinman // Apr 19, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Three minutes eh? And with a comercial, that should be enough time.

  • 3 jainphx // Apr 19, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Three minutes? what will they do for the last two. Maybe a samba.

  • 4 JamesonLewis3rd // Apr 19, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    If The Hill & Bill Show were to call BO a stinking liar to his face, it would take, from the moment he began to unravel, maybe, three seconds for his head to explode.

  • 5 mindknumbed kid // Apr 19, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    But for The Hill &Bill Show to call someone a liar…..would take some nerve.

  • 6 DrivebyMeteor // Apr 19, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    “It takes one to know one.” - American folk maxim

  • 7 JamesonLewis3rd // Apr 19, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    “ABC Sorry….”
    “…..‘Policy’ Reform…..”

    They should have fired Steph immediately-right there on the stage-and whisked him from the building to an undisclosed location.

  • 8 gafisher // Apr 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Shades of Fort Marcy Park! More proof, you just don’t cross the Clintons.

    wv - We strategies - “Yes We Can” is not a strategy.

    (Except on Cannery Row, of course.)

  • 9 prettyold // Apr 19, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Why on earth would anyone in the USA need to listen to another “debate” between Hilary and BO to understand their plans for this Country?
    Taxes? The WoT? Global Warming?The borders? Illegal Aliens? Abortion?Gay Marriage?
    Has any DemocratPresident ever followed through on any promises made during the campaign?Kennedy ,Johnson,Carter,hahaha?ClintonBawahahaha?
    It is much more important for the American voting public to find insight into the characters of these two liars.Thanks ABC.

  • 10 onlineanalyst // Apr 19, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Obama and Madame Hillary! are simply distractions from the real concerns of our nation.

    Obama doesn’t need more time to demonstrate his faulty understanding of Econ 101. His idiocy about raising tax rates on capital gains in the interest of fairness suggests that even being hit on the head with a clue bat will not help.

    It’s time for Illinois to recall him from the Senate and send him back to being a “neighborhood organizer” for the downtrodden of his church of what’s happening now.

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