(a satirical view) Moderators announced for debates
This year’s presidential debates will be moderated by Democracy NOW!'s Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Alternative Radio’s David Barsamian, and ConsortiumNews.com’s Robert Parry.
The corporate, bi-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday unveiled the list of moderators, which had been hotly debated in recent weeks.
Barsamian will handle the pivotal first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26. This will be his first time moderating a general election presidential debate.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently said he had never heard of any of them.
Goodman and Gonzalez will team up to cover the town hall-style debate on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis.
Goodman is known for being an irresistable conversationlist to Bill Clinton when he got on the air with her via telephone in 2000, and has hosted third-party debates on Democracy NOW!
Parry will moderate the third debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Oct. 19. Parry was one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press in the mid-1980s.
Peter Phillips of Project Censored will moderate the only vice presidential debate on Oct. 4.
Missing the cut were all the big names in corporate media. A spokesperson for the debates commission said “It was time for a major change. Though thoroughly rooted in the corporate corruption of politics, even we were finally too embarrassed by the insipid tripe that tried to pass as meaningful questioning in our past productions.”
In spite of this dramatic shift in debate moderators, Green Party and Libertarian candidates will be continue to be excluded. “Allowing the moderators to attempt to actually inform the public about the candid-ates is all the candid-ness we can handle at this time,” the spokesman continued, “the idea of having to also hear issues addressed seriously from the candidates themselves just really makes our brains hurt real bad. Besides that, Libertarians are too selfish and shallow even by our low standards.”
An anonymous source has suggested that the moderators, as a condition of accepting their roles, stipulated the presence of a slate of expert questioners on a variety of topics, including Ray McGovern on the role of intelligence gathering, Robert McChesney, Craig Aaron and John Nichols on media policy, Michael Copps on FCC issues, Noam Chomsky on foreign policy, Ralph Nader on consumer affairs, Glen Ford on race relations, Jay Coghlan on nuclear weapons policy, Greg Palast on voting fraud and William Black and Stephanie Kelton on economics. Immigration and Global Warming may be subjects of separate future debates as yet unscheduled.
The debate promises to be pivotal in the presidential race, as polls show the battle between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton as to which is less suitable to be president is tightening.
Clinton leads nationally by 3.9 points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.