Debate moderators are an interesting relic of another era. These days they have two functions…
1. To promote the brand of a particular media figure and his attached company
2. To favor one particular candidate
The first 2020 presidential debate was a missed opportunity to dispense with this relic of an era of civility and formality. Moderators haven’t functioned as impartial figures prompting a conversation in a long time. They inject themselves into the process. Invariably.
It would be easy enough to arrange a format based around limits on speaking time, with the opposing candidate’s microphone muted, that would be technologically mediated and as impartial as possible. That would be about the only way to return to the original spirit of the moderator’s function, which is to allow the candidates to speak and address issues, rather than acting as a factional referee.
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