"In Sort of Defense of George Stephanopoulos"
I thought last night’s debate sucked, but this is unfair:
Stephanopoulos has, over the years, shown tons of willingness to be unfair and/or inept in his coverage of the Clintons so I see no real reason to attribute his unfair or inept coverage of Barack Obama to any larger motive. Beyond that, while the questioning last night was truly egregious, allegations of special bias against Obama don’t make sense. When Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner, most of the debate hostility focused on her. Her campaign and her supporters whined about it, but the complaints didn’t really make sense — of course you focus on the frontrunner. It’s the same thing now.
The debate was what it was because an awful lot of TV news is silly and horrible, not because anyone was doing Clinton special favors.