Hey, better late than never. I was live blogging the live bloggers during the debate on DWSUWF Monday night, but decided to spare Donklephant readers the real-time experience. You can thank me later. After a couple of days reflection and surveying the blogosphere, I distilled my conclusions into a more digestible form. Concluding thoughts:

Justin asked about our favorite YouTube debate question. Instead, I’ll offer the one that pissed me off:

Overall, I thought CNN and Anderson Cooper did a great job. But CNN selected this guy to represent the legitimate 2nd Amendment concerns of many Americans. Tell me there wasn’t a better choice to ask this question. Tell me why CNN selected this whackjob. I am a gun owner and an outdoorsman, and my concerns were not represented by him. This legitimate question was given short shrift as result of CNN’s selection. This is the weakness of the format. YouTube submitters will ask questions in a manner that would not be considered acceptable by a professional journalist. That makes it more interesting. But bias can be inserted by the selection of more extreme and off the wall YouTube videos, to a degree that is not possible with professional questioners. A great deal of attention should be focused on how videos are selected, and who does the the selection.

excerpted from Divided We Stand United We Fall

  • Hey, thanks for mentioning he second amendment question, which CNN, by choosing a total nutcase to present the issue, made a blatant editorial comment. It is certainly, as you point out, a legitimate issue, and one that is very likely headed to the Supreme Court for some definitive resolution.

    On the postscript to my blog post today, I posted a question that had been submitted on this issue by Rachael Mills, who is kind of the YouTube “Ron Paul Girl” It would have been nice if they had used that one.


  • mw

    Becky, LF,
    I’m surprised this has not gotten more attention in either the MSM or the blogosphere. I think it is because the most vocal defenders of 2nd Amendment issues feels obligated to defend gun collectors like our Michigan Militia friend, and so instead criticize Biden for calling him a nut. As a result ,the real issue of “Why was this video selected?” is obscured. We’ll hear about it again when a more focused constituency finds their ox gored in a similar way.

    Here is an idea. How about this for a YouTube question in the Republican debate:

    You’ll need to find a hard-core Earth-First type. Film him walking down the street, slashing tires on SUV’s and pouring sugar in their gas tanks, cut to the same guy spiking trees in a forest, all the while recording his voice-over – “I am doing what I can to stop global warming. A question for all the candidates. Are you committed to doing whatever it takes to save the planet?”

    Resonable question. Unresonable questioner.

    BTW LF – I am one of a number of bloggers posting and x-posting, at Donklephant. Sooo its not quite accurate to say that “Donklephant agrees” – in fact I suspect I might be in a minority here.