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(NPR)   How to win a Presidential Debate: 'the pivot'   ( npr.org) divider line
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2012-10-03 09:04:19 AM  
5 votes:
Also known as 'how to annoy the hell out of your audience' by avoiding anything of substance.
2012-10-03 02:17:49 PM  
1 vote:
They need something akin to Miss Sweetie Poo at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies. Instead of monitoring speakers who exceed time limits, she could watch for pivots, and say "Please stop. Answer the question."
2012-10-03 12:52:26 PM  
1 vote:
What's particularly infuriating is that when candidates do this, the moderate never pushes them, saying, "that's not the question I asked. What I asked was..." They get much more of a grilling on the Sunday morning shows, but heaven forbid, that during primetime, someone points out that they're refusing to answer a question.
2012-10-03 12:44:07 PM  
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pdieten: Sybarite: It certainly helps to have a toothless moderator and arbitrary time limits that assure you can stretch your bullshiat until the red light comes on.

Possibly relevant:

And guess what? Moderators don't matter.

They certainly don't matter when both sides have negotiated a secret contract prior to the debate making absolutely certain nothing out of their control happens.


The Commission on Presidential Debates damages out democracy in a very real way.
2012-10-03 11:56:34 AM  
1 vote:

theknuckler_33: Rogers believes this is because we have limited attention, and most of the time when we're watching debates, we spend that attention on social evaluation - Do we like this person? Do we trust this person? - and only generally monitor content.

When you consider that the average IQ in America is estimated to be about 98, this statement makes a lot more sense.

Half of all Americans score had below average grades in school.
2012-10-03 11:46:47 AM  
1 vote:
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Remember kids, debating is a sport of deflection, obfuscation, and fuzzy factual assertions.
2012-10-03 11:45:20 AM  
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2012-10-03 09:40:17 AM  
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It would be better to have the best lawyers from each side grill opponents with yes or no questions. The courtroom debate format.
2012-10-03 09:31:32 AM  
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That was interesting. I'm aware of the pivot and usually try to notice them, but I'm wondering how many of them I haven't noticed in the past.
2012-10-03 09:29:03 AM  
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2012-10-03 09:27:02 AM  
1 vote:
It certainly helps to have a toothless moderator and arbitrary time limits that assure you can stretch your bullshiat until the red light comes on.
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