I only watched the final 30 minutes of the “YouTube/CNN” debate, but what I did see leads me to agree with Jeff Jarvis who said, “CNN selected too many obvious, dutiful, silly questions.”
The producers — or did they outsource this to Andrew Keen? — seemed hellbent on displaying how inane YouTube users are. They didn’t just select the obvious and silly questions, there seemed to be an attempt on the part of the producers to choose video from questioners who were stereotypical to the point of trivializing their issue.
In probably the worst example, CNN selected YouTube user Jeredt Thompson from Michigan (or was that David Koresh from Waco) for the “gun-control” question. “Americans want to know if our babies are safe,” he said. He then holds up an AR=15, the non-military version of an M-16 and says, “And here’s my baby.”
Joe Biden responded — in what, if this were a debate in which one actually scored points, would have been the play of the game — that Jaredt would likely flunk the mental-illness back-ground check == and then Biden worried out-loud that he’d “come looking for me.” All of which the audience loved. And frankly, it was probably one of the better answers in the history of such cattle-call appearances that go by the false labeling, “debate.”
Okay, so CNN found someone to play Travis Bickle. Great theater. And a great chance for Biden to knock one out of the park. But what did it do for either side of the debate? Nothing. It merely reinforced gun-control advocates perception that gun-owners are crazed lunatics. And for gun-rights advocates, it merely reinforced their belief that the main-stream media is out to disparage them and confiscate their shotguns.
Next debate, Jay Leno needs to host it. He should get questions from the people who appear on his “Jaywalking” segment — the ones with the IQs of fescue grass. That way, there would be no doubt that the questions are being selected to display how dumb people-on-the-street are.