Panel on Presidential Debates at the Paley Center
Thursday, September 27
Do They Matter & What Is At Stake
Hosted by the Paley Center and the duPont-Columbia University Awards
ABC News anchor, 1976 & 1984 debate moderator
Former ABC News anchor, 1992 debate moderator
NBC News executive producer and chair of the duPont Awards
Dr. Meena Bose
Presidential scholar, Hofstra University
6pm – 7:30pm
The Paley Center
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Ever since the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debate, televised candidate debates have been a staple of presidential politics in America. Viewed by millions, live debates offer audiences a rare opportunity to see unscripted political moments. They also carry risks and opportunities for the candidates and the moderators. This panel will take the audience behind the scenes of these pivotal live televised events.
How do candidates prepare? How do networks and moderators prepare? What challenges do broadcasters face airing such high stakes events? Have they changed? How have new formats, like town meetings, and new technology, such as social media, impacted the debates process? Are the debates still the best way to inform the electorate about where candidates stand on issues? The discussion will examine the impact debates have historically had on elections, identifying key highs and lows of past debates, and look ahead to the four debates currently scheduled to take place in October.
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