Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Last Debate: ABC News Reaches A New Low

To the staff and management of ABC News:

I wanted to register with all of you my extreme disgust with the performance of Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos as hosts of last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Simply put, it was the most pandering, patronizing and shameful exhibition of triviality and pointlessness that I've ever seen in a political broadcast, and I'm 47 years old.

What about the war in Iraq? What about the American economy? What about our policy in regards to China, to Russia, to Iran? What about the mortgage crisis? What about health care? What about gas and groceries that are becoming so expensive that working Americans can barely afford to eat, and to drive to their jobs?

What we, the American public, got instead of substance was jingoism. We got flag lapel pins, and cranky preachers, and guns, and gaffes.

It was a sad night for American politics, a sad night for journalism, and an especially sad night for ABC News (which I won't be watching again for a long time -- maybe ever).

Shame on you. You have wasted valuable airtime, you have squandered a golden opportunity to examine real issues, and you have revealed yourselves to be either totally misguided or massively incompetent.

A concerned American voter,
Steve Elliott
Kingston, Washington

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