ABC lost Democratic debate

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spent almost as much time responding to gossip surrounding the candidates' personal lives as to the issues which distinguish them, during last night's final Democratic Debate.

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spent almost as much time responding to gossip surrounding the candidates' personal lives as to the issues which distinguish them, during last night's final Democratic Debate.

The question choices and comments made by ABC's team of moderators, helmed by Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, at the Philadelphia debate at the National Constitution Center, focused on scandals, like Obama's brief association with '60s radical William Ayers and Clinton's statements about her 1996 trip to Bosnia.

The personal tenor of the two-hour debate lasted 45 minutes, without mention of any key issues, like healthcare.

Beyond the many, many commercial breaks, ABC News received jeers from publications, such as The Washington Post's “In Pa. Debate, The Clear Loser is ABC” and The Huffington Post's description of “Worst. Debate. Ever.” The debate received scathing comments from almost 15,000 posts to ABC online, for not cutting to the quick fast enough and playing up petty gaffes.

Definitely, in the minority, The New York Times gave the debate a rave review. Reviewer David Brooks gave ABC an A+ and wrote, “I thought the questions were excellent. The journalist's job is to make the politicians uncomfortable, to explore evasions, contradictions, and vulnerabilities.”

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