Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Very Short Debate Comment

Is this what we're down to? The last debate question was to Mrs. Clinton, and the question was:
"Diamonds or pearls?"
It doesn't matter how you feel about Hillary Clinton, this is just wrong.
Added: Yes, the question came from a woman in the audience, but it was stupid and sexist.
Added update:
Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls" at last night's debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

"Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN," Luisa writes. "I was asked to submit questions including "lighthearted/fun" questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance."

Your media at work...


Anonymous said...

No pearl necklace/Monica Lewinsky jokes then?

What a mess those "debates" are!

ellroon said...

It just plain moronic, but I'm assuming the questioner went for a laugh rather than substance.

SweaterMan said...

I think this is the equivalent of the "boxers or briefs" question posed to then-candidate Bill Clinton when he was on that stupid MTV question-and-answer show in 1991 or '92.

And, it's not as if I wouldn't be sort of interested to hear what HC would choose: diamonds or pearls - and why, at some appropriate point. It's just that any candidates opinion on such fluff is not important given the myriad of problems facing our country today. Tell me about a universal health-care plan for ALL Americans, a plan for reversing our preemptive force doctrine, a plan for restoring diplomacy as our first means in foreign policy, a plan for restoring habeaus corpus and an affirmation of the rights enshrined to all citizens of the world in the Geneva convention, a real plan for national security that focuses on port security, a plan for energy security - specifically in regards to alternative/sustainable energy sources, a plan for reinstituting the "fairness doctrine" into public policy, a plan for a plan for revamping opportunities for education, a plan for re-instituting checks and balances into our government; tell me about plans to reduce government corruption and fraudulent cronyism, or a plan for instituting real telecomm and privacy security for the American public, plans to rebuild the American dollar or plans to rebuild the image of America around the world (without the vapidity of Karen Hughes).

Tell me all of that, down to the last nut-n-bolt detail. It'll take longer than a 10-second soundbite, trust me. And then, after all that, then I'll maybe know you well enough to care about your opinion on diamonds v. pearls, boxer v. briefs, or thongs v. crotchless.

Until then, don't bother dignifying idiotic questioners with an answer.

SweaterMan said...

A-and, as a follow-up, I just heard on CNN that the questioner was told to ask that question by CNN. If so, shame on her for not asking her original question about Yucca Mtn. repository. But shame, death, and a life in hell everlasting for all CNN employees that participated in the debate for trying to rig the damn thing in the first place.

Bring back the League of Women Voters debates! At least they weren't so clearly cronyistic and one-sided.

pygalgia said...

I've updated the post with her statement.