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Oct 2, 2004 10:09 pm

One Long Reaction Shot

I did not intend to watch the debate because frankly I am so sick of both of their faces and the lying blather that comes out of their mouths. However, I sat down to do a little channel surfing and came across CSPAN 2’s coverage, which featured a split screen focused solely on both podiums. In essence the debate on this venue was entirely composed of reactions shots. It quickly became clear why the campaigns did not want the public to view the facial expressions and body language of the candidates while listening. Bush came across as petulant and confused while Kerry looked smug and insincere. Once again CSPAN has proved to be one of the very few places on television where you can find some truth. If you must, I highly recommend watching the next one there.

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Roderick T. Long - 10/3/2004

I believe ALL the networks had a split screen and showed reaction shots. (The candidates agreed with each other not to have them, but forgot to get agreement from the media.)