Now that the dust has settled after the tumultuous presidential debate in the United States, the American media is looking back more or less critically on the conflict between the Republic of Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden. The organizer also decided to take measures for the next time.
Fox News: ‘Trump not presidential, but in charge’
The organization behind the presidential debates, the CPD, has announced that the two upcoming meetings between Trump and Biden will take additional steps to ensure a more orderly debate. The CPD will soon announce which measures these are. The two presidential candidates will debate each other again on October 15.
According to CNN it was “by far the worst and most resentful presidential debate in history. (Trump) turned the debate into a derailed ninety-minute metaphor for his presidency. He broke all the rules, tried to bully Joe Biden, and waltzed over Fox moderator Chris Wallace. News left lie after lie as he acted like an excited live version of his trolling Twitter feed. ”
According to the New York Times it was already clear in advance that it would mainly be about Trump himself. “President Trump did during the debate what he has done for the political climate for the past four years. He pushed himself loudly with whole and half truths, leaving his mark on the conversation.”
“An insatiable self-promoter and reality denier, Trump invited viewers to embrace the self-created reality. A happy place for the converts where his administration has been spotless, victory is abundant and the coronavirus has been effectively defeated,” the report said. New York Times in an analysis of the debate.
At the other end of the political spectrum, Fox News, often on Trump’s hand, published a number of opinion pieces proclaiming Trump the winner of the debate. According to Fox employee Doug Schoen Trump clearly won the debate because he “dominated the conversation and discussion. He may not have been presidential, but he was in charge.”
According to David Bossie it was the first time that “millions of voters had a first look at Biden. Trump finally had the opportunity to ask Biden questions that the liberal media refuses to ask.” And: “The American people saw that the ultimate political outsider, Trump, put forward a strong case for why he deserves another four years in the White House instead of the ultimate Washington swamp animal Joe Biden.”
The first election debate has attracted fewer viewers than the first game between presidential candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton four years ago. This is evident from the first preliminary viewing figures, reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
An estimated 28.8 million people tuned in to the big four channels ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, less than the record number of 45.3 million viewers in 2016. Not all viewing figures have been received yet.
In the end, at least 84.4 million people watched the debate four years ago, the largest audience in the 60-year history of such single combat on American television. The Hollywood Reporter now expect a figure well below that record.
On Tuesday evening (in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday Dutch time) the first election debate took place in the US. It was anticipated that the debate between US President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden would lead to fireworks. What no one foresaw was how toxic and chaotic the meeting between the two rivals would turn out, our own foreign editor Matthijs le Loux concluded on Wednesday morning in a debate report on Press.