What is fair debate?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Sydde, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    I read it on the internets

    This seems to me like a positive move. Deniers, anti-vaxxers and other TFHWs* will be treated with the disrespect they deserve.

    *Tin Foil Hat Wearers
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    That's part of the problem with American cable news. Crackpot arguments get lots of air time under the guise of airing both sides.
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Fair debate?

    Isn't that laughing over the corpse of your enemy or something?
     
  4. Sydde thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Perhaps they should include letters after the names, like, "FM", "TFM", "ATFM" or "R".
     
  5. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    Not only that, but hosts/moderators who are unwilling or unable to correct bad facts or attack obviously terrible arguments.

    A host should be willing to interrupt and ask the guest to explain, for instance, if the temperature of Earth and Mars is the same, how does that explain Venus?

    And, then wait for dead air silence and let the other guest speak.
     
  6. Sydde thread starter macrumors 68020

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    If debate in media were held to the codified standards for PRSI, perhaps there would be less stupid in the world.
     
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Yeah, it's so rare an anchor or host challenges a guest. They can't be messing around with their access to these people to fill the air with.
     
  8. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, the fight over access is a huge problem, but only because some media outlets are willing to go with milquetoast "exclusives" rather than hammering away at some politician.

    Also, a great number of "interviews" on a television show are pre-prepared with advanced discussions about subject matter, questions, etc.

    The problem is this format has moved into how debates are conducted, so no one ever gets asked a questions they don't have six prepared answers for. At the highest levels of government, it's entirely kabuki. I always hope that some host goes totally rogue on live television, just so we can see which candidate panics first.
     
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