The schedule and debate subjects have already been determined along with the locations for the four scheduled debates, but the moderators were just announced yesterday..
- First Presidential Debate
- October 3, University of Denver, Denver, CO
- Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
- Vice Presidential Debate
- October 11, Centre College, Danville, KY
- Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC
- Second Presidential Debate (town hall -meeting format)
- October 16, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
- Moderator: Candy Crowley, CNN
- Third Presidential Debate
- October 22, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, CBS
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
The format for the third presidential debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.
The question I and every non-white American is asking ourselves right now is where's the diversity in the moderator lineup?
Granted, CNN's Candy Crowley will be the first woman in over 20 years to moderate a presidential debate. But you couldn't ask Gwen Ifill, who has moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates to do so? You mean to tell me Presidential Debate Commission you couldn't find a single non-white journalist to moderate at least one of these debates?
Here's the short list of people of color journalists I came up with in addition to Gwen Ifill that could easily moderate these debates: Martin Bashir, Tamron Hall, Roland Martin, Alina Cho, Suzanne Malveaux, TJ Holmes, Ed Gordon, Soledad O'Brien.....
Or is it you didn't look hard enough?