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November 4, 2020

Types of Debate Moderator Biases with Presidential Debate Examples

Now that the presidential debate season is over, I’ve been thinking about all the comments about “moderator bias.”  These accusations are based on some observable actions […]
October 23, 2020

Final 2020 Presidential Debate: Better Than Expected!

If I were Chris Wallace, I’d be annoyed.  This final debate between the two 2020 Presidential candidates was a stark difference from the first (only other) […]
October 14, 2020

Reflecting on the Common Characteristic of BOTH debates: Interruptions

Scheduled for this week, the Second Presidential Debate has been canceled, so this gives a moment to reflect on a common characteristic of both debates:  the […]
September 30, 2020

1st 2020 Presidential Debate: A Hot Mess with Lots of Mudslinging

The highly anticipated first 2020 Presidential Debate started normally enough.  Moderator Chris Wallace shared the debate format and assured the audience that none of the questions […]
September 23, 2020

ALL About the Moderator’s Role in the First 2020 Presidential Debate

The first 2020 Presidential Debate is scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday, September 29, where President Donald Trump will face off former Vice President Joe Biden.  […]
August 26, 2020

First Presidential Debate Will Have ONE Moderator!?

It was just announced that the first Presidential debate set to take place in Cleveland on Tuesday, September 29 at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion […]
March 16, 2020

11th Democratic Debate: Even-Handed & Calmer

This may be the last Democratic Party Primary Debate.  Moved from my hometown of Phoenix to Washington DC – with minimal staffing and no audience.
March 10, 2020

11th DemDebate – Back to Civility?

CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper, and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as moderators for this week’s Democratic presidential debate in […]
February 26, 2020

10th Democratic Presidential Debate: Free-For-All!

The 10th Democratic Debate was a free-for-all vs. a moderated debate.  Candidates put a big bulls-eye on Sanders and Bloomberg, jumped in without being recognized, talked […]
February 5, 2020

8th Democratic Primary Debate Drama: More Spats, Snubs & Snipes

Aaahhh, the drama we have had this week: The literal tearing of the State of the Union speech, the interminable wait for the Iowa Caucus results, […]
January 24, 2020

2020 Democratic Debates: Stats on Open, Closed, and Follow-Up Questions

Panel moderators use open-ended questions to incite conversation and closed questions to summarize or exact a short answer from a panelist.  But it doesn’t always work […]
January 15, 2020

7th Democratic Presidential Debate Moderators Stoked the Fire Resulting in a Spat

The 7th Democratic Primary Presidential Debate of 2020 will be known for the Sanders/Warren “spat” about Sanders’ (leaked) comment about whether a woman could win the […]
January 9, 2020

7th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate – Blitzer Will Stoke the Fire

Less than a week before the 7th Democratic Presidential Primary debate, CNN finally got around to announcing the moderators: CNN’s host of the “Situation Room”: Wolf Blitzer […]
January 6, 2020

16 Types of Questions Asked in the 2019 Democratic Primary Presidential Debates

Yes, we know that panel moderators should curate a list of brilliant questions to ask the panelists during a panel discussion.  But how do you format […]
December 24, 2019

Yes, President Trump – Moderators Matter: How Moderators Influence the Debate

President Trump is considering boycotting the 2020 TV debates because he thinks all the debate moderators are biased against him.  And he’s right.  As human beings, we […]
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