Is CNN Really Planning A Jerry Springer Show For Tonight’s GOP Debate?

It would appear that way, if you read The New York Times’ political headline story:

CNN Hopes To Capture Candidates’ Competitive Spirit In GOP Debate.

Yeah.  I’ll bet.  You think CNN would be interested in putting Hillary Rodham Clinton in the pit against Bernie Sanders and whoever that other Democrat candidate is?  Here’s some of the text, but you really should read the entire piece:

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The leading Republican presidential hopefuls have spent the weeks since their first debate provoking one another, with distant taunts and tweeted insults.

And now CNN, which hosts the second candidate clash here Wednesday night, is aiming to capture that same combative spirit by getting the candidates to engage with one another in person and on camera.

Uh huh.  I wonder who will benefit most from a scenario like this.

HillaryBut, let’s go on:

The effort to encourage candidate interaction differs from the approach taken in the first debate by Fox News, which relied heavily on its three accomplished moderators to ask tough questions, forcing the participants to outline their positions and explain their records, yielding only a handful of memorable exchanges among the candidates on stage.

Doggone it.  Only a handful of memorable (read that: “insulting”) exchanges.

Fox News drew praise for its handling of the event — along with a record number of viewers — but CNN’s team of producers and moderators said they were looking to establish a different tempo and to emphasize candidate interaction above all else…

Translation:  Let’s you and him (her) fight.  Let’s see who can think up the most vicious one-liners in the show.

…Mr. Tapper said the most riveting exchange in the first debate was the one between Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, over the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data. He described the feisty back-and-forth as “electric” and “illuminating,” saying he hoped to create as many of those moments as possible…

Translation:  Let’s see if I can really turn a presidential debate into a tabloid-esque trash-talking slug-fest.

And you can bet that Hugh Hewitt (not a conservative radio host) will be laying in wait to ambush Donald Trump with some sort of minutiae.

…Mr. Hewitt, who on his popular radio show had a memorable exchange with Mr. Trump, during which the real estate mogul stumbled over international affairs, said he hoped to avoid “gotcha” questions. “I try not play Jeopardy,” Mr. Hewitt said. “Being generally acquainted with the terrorist network is not the same as being able to name the particular leader of Al Nusra.”…

Okee Dokee.  Read all of it.  If you can take it.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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