First TV Debate a Mild Replica of Model

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first TV 'Debate' A ;Mild Replica of Model · : The schedules have been arranged for -"great debates" on television between Vice Presi-1 -dent Nixon and Senator Kennedy. The term -date" is ill-chosen because the programs will take ·the form of staged, formal statements followed ·very brief questions and answers. f ] ", That this kind of program falls short of thel ·great expectation, it may be the best one can ;for the first lime il is Iried. First, neither ;waxed particularly enthusiastic about plunging · a debate without some carefully-drawn ground · Second, the networks apparently are splitting ; seconds equally lo avoid what would otherwise ; an inevitable outcry from one parly or Ihe : ' As mailers stand, each candidate will get : minutes for an opening statement ; at hand. Then network representatives will :o"ver to ask questions and the ; given two and one half minutes to answer s j^ ; minute and one half for rebuttals. | · · The program also includes a ; the end in which Ihe moderator will poinl : significance of what the vicWers have just seen ;.-. . a television carryover from the movie makers ; who assume that the great unwashed public ; gawking band of morons. | ; : We had high hopes of seeing and hearing I facc-lo-face debate of the issues with enough ; rules to give each side equal opportunity to ; in his licks and, perhaps, we arc being unduly ; simistic. The TV programs represent an ; advance in Ihe campaign technique. A real : may eventually come about, but t h i s is : year to look for it, apparently. |j

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  1. Express and News,
  2. 25 Sep 1960, Sun,
  3. Page 89

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