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INSIDER - How networks treat debates like reality TV

INSIDER - How networks treat debates like reality TV

  • TV-G
  • 2019
  • 8mins
The 2019 Democratic debates have been entertaining but that’s exactly what’s wrong with them. Voters may turn on a debate to get clarity on an issue or better understand a given candidate’s proposal but often what they find is a shouting match filled with insults one-liners and gaffes. As it turns out this is exactly what networks want from a debate and they employ methods to force these big moments into existence. But these methods don’t help us voters decide who the most qualified candidate is they just tell us which candidate is best on camera.