2020 Election

Heat vs Light

Gotcha questions.

Sound bites.

Pre-planned zingers.

Softball questions.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Debates need not be moderated by news people who are interested in generating more heat than light.

Imagine a panel of debate moderators consisting of historians Joanne Freeman, Henry Louis Gates jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Douglas Brinkley.

Or, imagine a panel of moderators that includes scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku; philosophers Cornell West and Martha Nussbaum; political scientists Frances Fox Piven and Brian Klass.

Or, imagine a panel of moderators that includes scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku; philosophers Cornell West and Martha Nussbaum; political scientists Frances Fox Piven and Brian Klass.

The way debates are moderated could highlight the candidate’s capacity for critical thinking… and civility.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Wikimedia Commons for the image.

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