So, now, as expected, the pundits are saying the debate was a disgrace and it is all Trump's fault and that the Commission on Presidential Debates must take action to make sure this doesn't happen again. Some are even going farther and says the debates should be discontinued altogether, but this afternoon he word came out that strict control measures would be establishment including the capability to shut off a mike by the moderator. But, in reality, the real problem is readily available for all to see but the media does not want that to happen. Why? Because the make up of the moderators is so slanted against the President that no wonder he lashed out. Tuesday's moderator, Chris Wallace, has made it perfectly clear on his regular broadcasts he has no love for Trump. The second moderator to come, Steve Scully of C-SPAN, also has no particular love for Trump and had an early association with Joe Biden while in the final, Kristen Welker of NBC probably represents the most anti-Trump newsroom in American television. This, unfortunately, has been a trend in moderator selections since the commission took over the debates from the League of Women Voters. The bias has been seen throughout with the worst recent example being in 2012 when Candy Crowley dressed down Mitt Romney in his debate with Barack Obama, leading to the Republican's soon to follow election defeat for President.
Another issue is the degree of involvement by the moderator. A good debate normally will allow a great deal of leeway so that candidates can challenge once another in the free exchange of ideas. But Wallace repeatedly stepped in to save Biden when he sometimes lost clarity, yet he gave no leeway to Trump. Furthermore, the beginning of the out of control chaos did not begin with Trump, for in the first four minutes Wallace and Biden both interrupted him first and after a short while the President decided to use his New York instincts and fight back and the chaos ensued. What was he supposed to do, he had a moderator who was clearly partial, an opponent who called him a clown, a racist and told him to shut up, while claiming to be presidential himself. And even after the debate, the media and the commission says rules will change because of Trump. Now, perhaps he should have toned down, yet had he done so he would have looked week and that is something President Trump will never do, so I blame the entire event on the commission adn its long standing bias toward establishment politics. Even though Trump is the President, on the playing field of this election he is the outsider while Biden is the epitome of the Washington insider, offering cliches with no substance and even failure to be willing to address one of the most potentially troubling proposal of the day: the packing of the Supreme Court.
Well, despite the media noise about canceling the debates, they will go on. And I am sure the President will make significant modifications to his efforts as sitting presidents always do since routinely the first debate is not their strongest one. But the media and moderator bias will continue and it will be necessary for watchers to analyze what they really see for themselves and not what the media says they see. And then there is the unknown, for this one has the potential to work to the advantage of the President. Trump was able to interject the alleged corruption of Hunter Biden with the aid of his father and if this caught on and viewers do their research, it might just prove gained the biggest advantage of all, for he will have brought this subject to full view despite media efforts to bury it. Politics not only has strange bedfellows, but sometimes something unexpected can alter what was thought to be and I believe that is exactly what the President is hoping will happen. Time will tell, my readers, time will tell.