Debater who is loudest, rudest is dubbed winner

The “pundigital” response to the first debate might be titled, “Media truth serum or let opinion become fact.” Before the big screens could cool, the folks I call the “pundigits” (pseudo-wise finger pointers) pronounced a winner and a no-show in the recent debate. Of course, they are entitled to their opinions. However, by the next news cycle, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and the rest of the bunch were perseverating on analysis of the reasons why the president did so abysmally. An opinion had instantly become a fact.

Why did they think the president had lost? My guess is they have been hoisted with their own petard. Reality TV and news analysis shows like “Hard Ball” valorize the debater who is loudest, rudely interrupts with the most dogged determination and, often, lies in the tradition of “the bigger the better.”

I must admit, the challenger won the prize for irony when he said (and I paraphrase) “you’re not entitled to your own facts.”

Thus, it is not surprising that news peddlers should conclude that the challenger’s bluster was worthy of high praise. For me, I prefer quiet truths to loud lies. Of course, that’s only my opinion.

John Marvin