I was pleased with the Democratic debate in New Hampshire (transcript) last night, for the most part. At least, I was pleased with the candidates.
I was at first only slightly annoyed and slightly amused by the "moderator" attempts to get the candidates to go at each other's throats. But after the debate, I caught some of the FOX coverage and I realized how bad this political season is going to be for news coverage.
Instead of delving at the substance of issues so that people can distinguish the candidates, what reporters (at least at FOX) are trying to do is get the candidates to sling mud at each other. Rather than argue that they will make a better president, FOX would have the democrats tell us about how unelectable the other democrats are.
Fireworks are good for ratings. Keep these men arguing amongst themselves about the worst possible interpretations of their words, the most contentious. Keep them at each other. Keep them negative.