DEBATE HISTORY: OLDER? YOUNGER?
The historic first Presidential Debate 2016 is scheduled for Monday, September 26. The Council has already scheduled a Debate Watch Party for members and the public, but the Debate Commission has not announced the moderator.
The Washington Post, however, has published an appeal Wednesday: Pick a millennial.
Alexis Madridgal and Dodai Stewart, two youngish editors from Fusion, make the case that it’s time for a change in selection. Pick someone with Social Media presence, they urge.
They write, “In 2012, all four moderators — Martha Raddatz, Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer and Candy Crowley — were white people over 55. It was the first time in 20 years a woman had been chosen to moderate.
“This isn’t what America looks like. Issues around race, gender, immigration, discrimination and justice are not just talking points — they’re a matter of life or death for many. We need moderators who better reflect this reality.”
They close with, “On Nov. 8, the United States will be forever changed. But before we get there, we owe it to this country to make changes in how the candidates are questioned. The people moderating the debates ought to reflect those of us who will inherit America.”
Get your Debate Watch Party tickets for an event that may be historic in more ways than just gender.