Flim Flam Substitutes for Debate
So-called presidential debates are prescripted garbage.
by Stephen Lendman
So-called presidential debates are well-rehearsed, prescripted theater. Theater of the absurd best describes them. Election outcomes aren't influenced. They don't edify. They insult. Wednesday night was no exception.
Even some media scoundrels were underwhelmed. At least one was honest as far as his editors let him. London Guardian contributor Charles Ferguson headlined "America's duopoly of money in politics and manipulation of public opinion," saying:
"Behind the divisiveness lies a deeper bipartisan consensus in which donors own democracy and there are no votes (for) reform."
"Presidential campaigns aren't where you look for honest, serious" policy discussions. Candidates prefer "slogans." They steer clear of controversy.- Advertisement -
"(S)ometimes, as with George W. Bush, we also get a moron." This election is different. We're "explicitly seeing the effects of America's new political duopoly" up close and personal.
It's not new. At most it's repackaged to look that way, but not to observers who know how things in America work.