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Debates chief makes unfortunate argument against fact-checking

The debate about fact-checking the debates reached a new low on Sunday morning. On CNN, "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter asked Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, whether moderators should fact-check candidates. (Disclosure: I am in favor). The director of the #Debate commission is wary of moderator fact-checking -- … Read More
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Teen who petitioned for female debate moderator: 'No one -- man or woman -- could have done it better'

I don’t like to be told there’s something I can’t do. To be specific, I don’t like to be told there’s something I can’t do because I’m a girl. Whether they meant to or not, and I’d like to think that they didn’t, that’s pretty much what the Commission on Presidential Debates has been indirectly telling every woman in the … Read More
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Rosen: 'No one is fully in charge of Tuesday night's debate

Jay Rosen explains the dynamic that creates 'ungovernable' debates: The debates in their current form are a temporary alliance among three players: the campaigns of the major-party candidates for president, the Commission on Presidential Debates and the journalists who are chosen to moderate and maintain order. Each draws power from a different source. The campaigns are the exclusive agents for the two main characters in the drama; without them there is nothing. The commission represents in institutional form the expectation Americans voters now have that the nominees for president will meet face to face and argue their respective cases. This is a potent force. It's virtually impossible for the candidates to refuse, although nothing in election law prevents it. The journalists who moderate have power because once the cameras come on and the debate begins, no one is telling them what to say. Read More
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