Blogosphere buzzing with criticism of ABC News debate

And Charlie wonders why he was heckled at the end of the debate?

From The Washington Post:

We've been leaving the presidential primaries to our friends at USA TODAY's On Politics blog, but the reaction to the debate that ABC News sponsored last night seems to go beyond partisan politics.

The Washington Post's TV critic says Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos "turned in shoddy, despicable performances."

"For the first 52 minutes of the two-hour, commercial-crammed show, Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news. Some were barely news to begin with," Tom Shales writes.

Time's Joe Klein says he has "slightly--well, a microscopic smidgeon--more sympathy for the gotcha-moderators from ABC than Tom Shales does." He blames the trivial nature of the questions on the trivial nature of the campaign.

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