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Let's Get Debates Back to Lincoln-Douglas Basics

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A mix of supporters of Joe Biden and President Donald Trump wait for Biden's arrival outside the state's AFL-CIO headquarters on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Biden's campaign has organized more virtual events, engaging with supporters using video teleconferencing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 08 September 2020 12:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The entire presidential election hinges on whether the press and most voters accept Biden’s campaign strategy of hiding in his basement, and whether Joe Biden can hold his own during the first debate.

The press sees nothing wrong with attacking what Trump says that day to reporters, while merely reporting verbatim Biden press releases written by his staff, uncritically, without so much as identifying a grammatical error.

Since Donald J. Trump took office, the media has lost its objectivity by only covering the news that fits a certain narrative, one attacking Trump; concurrently supporting Biden.

What is new now is that the media cherry-picks or creates information distorting the truth --- to attack Trump.

An example of such distortion is reflected in coverage of COVID-19 data.

The southern "spike" in the virus has been dropping for weeks, yet MSNBC and CNN find gloom and doom doctors almost every hour to announce which town or college has the latest spike, warning that the second wave is coming in the fall, and that vaccines will not work.

In past elections the press would cover candidates, giving their viewers the spin and messages put out by both campaigns. Gone are media outlets covering the campaigns of both candidates for president, objectively.

Viewers of CNN and MSNBC and readers of The New York Times and The Washington Post do not receive any information that puts the Democratic Party or any of their candidates in a bad light, even if the information is true.

For most of the other media outlets, coverage follows the four media organizations listed above.

The problem that the Trump campaign faces is a media that has created an information "news desert" of voters who only get negative coverage of their candidate.

It's impossible for the Trump campaign to get its message across via most of the media to the voters.

They are battling a two-front war, with the media and the Biden campaign working together to attack, challenge, and discredit Trump's accomplishments and his message.

In the next few weeks expect the media to make up negative Trump stories to elect Biden.

They've already selected information to attack Trump and have called him a liar and racist daily. The only way to stop this bias media coverage is with debates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the non-profit corporation established in 1987 under the joint sponsorship of the Democratic and Republican political parties, is the entity responsible for organizing debates.

Since its establishment, voting and the media have changed significantly. Today we have early voting and a biased media. The Trump campaign has unsuccessfully lobbied the CPD for an additional debate before people start voting by mail. North Carolina begins sending out ballots on September 4th, with other states soon follow.

But the allegedly nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates rejected that idea and announced that the first presidential debate will be Sept. 29, moderated by Fox’s’ Chris Wallace. The two other debate dates are Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.

This columnist has been calling for additional debates, which would make the process more data-rich. Every American would love to see a Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debate format where there is no moderator --- just candidates standing on stage for two or three hours asking each other questions for voters to analyze, assess and decide just who is the better man to lead the country. 

Newsmax contributor John Tantillo, Ph.D. is a marketing and branding expert. Dr. Tantillo has a doctorate in applied research psychology and has lenghty experience as an award-winning advertising agency owner. He is an expert in strategically-based marketing. 

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Every American would love to see a Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debate format where there is no moderator --- just candidates standing on stage for two or three hours asking each other questions for voters to analyze
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