One of the clearest takeaways on social media throughout the South Carolina Democratic debate is CBS didn’t deliver the best show.
The network received criticism for its handling of the debate, the messiness of the exchanges, and the type of questions asked. Critics included the campaign of Bernie Sanders:
This poorly moderated debate so far… pic.twitter.com/W6FXEYz8nY
— Faiz (@fshakir) February 26, 2020
The general consensus was equally harsh. CNN’s Brian Stelter noted some called the debate a “disaster.”
Debates are hard. TV news rivalries are hardcore. That said, debate pros at other TV networks are exchanging messages calling this a “disaster,” a “nightmare” and worse
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 26, 2020
CBS is obsessed with trying to make oddly specific news at this debate.
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) February 26, 2020
Does CBS have a buzzer or something to organize this??? What’s going on?
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 26, 2020
Maybe CBS’s plan here is to run a debate so poorly, all the candidates on stage at least look more competent than CBS
If so, mission accomplished
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 26, 2020
Question on soda bans before a single question on coronavirus… Well done CBS. Well done.
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) February 26, 2020
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 26, 2020
CBS needs this break more than the candidates. That was a chaotic start. The moderators need to step in more forcefully and regain control in the next segment.
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) February 26, 2020
Take a commercial break and get control of this. Otherwise this is a commercial for Donald Trump. Do better CBS
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) February 26, 2020
can’t say anyone’s winning this debate, but CBS is losing
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) February 26, 2020
Nobody give cbs a debate again. Their moderators aren’t ready.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 26, 2020
Moderators are doing an absolutely awful job. I get that it’s hard to contain the six candidates who are rabidly going after Bernie Sanders but they need to take the reins. #DemDebate
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) February 26, 2020
These moderators might be the weakest moderators I’ve seen in a debate.
They have absolutely no control over who is speaking and they are forcing candidates to steamroll them if they want any speaking time.
This is a trainwreck.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 26, 2020
So, uh, the last debate also featured a lot of fighting but it seemed much more coherent? CBS moderators seem totally unable to keep things on track.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 26, 2020
Ugh this is really how we are landing this raggedy plane of a debate?
Asking about their favorite quotes ?
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) February 26, 2020
CBS should be embarrassed.
— John Weaver (@jwgop) February 26, 2020
The words you live by? Is this a fucking yearbook page?
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 26, 2020
what tree would you be? CBS should not be allowed any more debates
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 26, 2020
CBS asking favorite motto?? Are you kidding? What a fiasco.
— Bill Carter (@wjcarter) February 26, 2020
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