Monday, July 19, 2010
KWTO talk show host provides most excruciating moments at debate
I am sure Brian Calfano is a decent human being, but the host of KWTO's Morningline provided some of the most excruciating moments in the Seventh District Congressional debate tonight.
If a question takes three minutes to ask and has multiple parts, throw it out and ask a different one. Sadly, no one ever taught Calfano that lesson. That was his question for the first half of the debate and I would reprint it, but life is too short.
During the second half of the debate, Calfano, who is also a Missouri State University political science instructor asked the candidates which of the other people on stage with them they would support if they were killed in a car accident. it was the kind of question that was designed to draw attention to the questioner- and what in the world did it have to do with the issues.
When you have 10 candidates, seven Republicans (Steve Hunter was a no-show) two Democrats, and Libertarian Kevin Craig, you don't have time for showboating. (Though Democrats could not have been thrilled with hearing Scott Eckersley, praise, though not endorse, Republican Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Darrell Moore in his answer.
Gretchen Bolander of KODE, an actual reporter, asked much better questions.