Last night's 'debate' among the 8 challengers for the GOP Presidential nomination was yet another lesson in the ever-present and growing futility of allowing the mainstream media to control these forums. Brian Williams of NBC-MSNBC and his colleagues on the panel were simply embarrassing and their performance unbecoming for serious news organizations.
The nature of the questions, most of which lacked substance, were often laughable. And that brings up the question as to the value of continuing to broadcast these forums, which are misnamed 'debates.' Their only value is in allowing viewers to see how candidates come across on TV.
And that is a highly misleading endeavor.
That being said, as promised this writer will provide a critique after each of the GOP debates and rate the candidates accordingly using the rating system I developed in 2007.