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How to Not Ask About Guns, 2012 Version

Between May 5, 2011 and February 16, 2012, there were twenty televised debates featuring the Republican candidates for President. According to Jay Rosen and his students in NYU’s “Studio 20” class, these debates included 839 questions asked of the candidates … Continue reading

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How to Ask New Questions

Here’s a fun bit of video of film-maker Robert Weide asking director Woody Allen twelve original questions. It’s a great example of doing your homework before talking to a public figure; Weide tells Allen that since he’s been interviewed so … Continue reading

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Have You Read Fifty Shades of Grey?

That was asked of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her challenger, lawyer Wendy Long, during the “lightning round” of last night’s New York Senate debate by Daily News journalist Liz Benjamin. As you can see from this clip, the audience … Continue reading

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#GoodQ? #BadQ? Tweet Your Take On Tonight’s Debate Questions

Here’s a simple request: If you are watching tonight’s “town-hall”-style presidential debate and want to share your opinion on the questions voiced by audience members, use #GoodQ or #BadQ to hashtag your comments. If possible (and we know this is … Continue reading

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No Hard Questions, Please, We’re Running for President

Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin obtained a copy of the secret agreement between the Obama and Romney campaigns governing their participation in the 2012 presidential debates, and the conditions placed on audience participation in tonight’s “town-hall” style event are positively draconian: … Continue reading

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Time for Jim Lehrer to Re-Retire

“Number of questions Jim Lehrer raised about issues important but neglected so far in 2012: zero. Number of times he tried to do that: zero.” –Jay Rosen on Jim Lehrer’s performance as the moderator of the first 2012 presidential debate … Continue reading

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Why Don’t More Journalists Call Out Politicians?

David Corn, the Washington editor of Mother Jones magazine, was asked this question last week while doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session: Dirty Projector: Why don’t more journalists call out politicians on their bullshit? Most politicians flat out … Continue reading

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