What debate?

Wow! What a debate! Wait a minute, that should have been a question. What? A debate? The thing I saw on TV last night was not a debate, and the only winner was CNN. That cable channel has so few viewers; they had to advertise the debate on Fox News Channel and on radio. And they made a lot of money. They had been selling one minute commercials for $5,000. Folks, some radio station charge that much. For the Republican debate they raised their commercial rate to $200,000 per minute. That should keep them on the air for another few months.

Do you remember from high school or college what a “debate” really is? A premise is put forth: “What is the meaning of the 14th amendment?” Then one side takes the positive side, and one takes the negative – and they “debate.” That thing last night was certainly not a debate.

“Mr. Bush, four months ago Mr. Trump said you are an asshole. How do you respond?”

I felt like I was watching a stage show. All the “actors” had been given the script, except Trump and Dr. Carson, and the others played their parts which was jump on Trump. Dr. Carson was his usual courteous self, but he wasn’t allowed enough time to tell us much of anything.

Full disclosure: I only watched the first hour of whatever that was. It was obvious from that it was beat up Trump night, and I didn’t need to see two more hours of that. He can handle that without me watching. Also, I don’t personally care who the Republicans choose as their candidate for President as long as it is not a current (or past) politician. I was told two days before the debate by a “reliable source” (a blogger doesn’t reveal his sources) that Ms. Fiorino had been the designated hitter to take out Trump. And, it worked perfectly. Bush did the setup, and she got the punch line, which everyone is applauding. You think that was a terrific ad lib, don’t you? I am going to let you in on a little-known secret about broadcasting, because I was in it for forty-four years. The very best, and funniest, “ad libs” I ever did – were the ones I had rehearsed the most. When Jeb is announced as the Republican candidate and his choice for Vice President is Carly Fiorino, remember last night’s debates.

It wasn’t a debate, it was a debacle. CNN’s effort was to make Republicans look bad. And they didn’t succeed. The politicians recited their so-called “accomplishments” which no one gives a rat’s ass about – they want to know what they would do as President. We’ll have to wait to find out, because we didn’t get it last night. And now CNN can go back to sleep.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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