Some of you may think the best thing on TV was a football game, but I beg to differ.
The above and the below beat that by a mile.
As wonderful as good satire (below) can be, in this year it’s hard for deliberate comedy to match real life (above) on the campaign trail…
That GOP debate intro raises a number of questions:
And you can no doubt think of others…
ABC kept their camera on that because it made more entertaining TV than just staring at the moderators. As you pointed out, it beat the SNL skit for comedy.
See, I don’t think so. The camera was already trained on where the candidates were coming in from the wings when the confusion started. I think that was a planned shot.
Then, when everything went haywire, no one was able to pull it all together and fix it.
One of the moderators said something about the noise in the hall being so great that neither the moderators nor the candidates could hear. Maybe that’s it. Maybe the candidates couldn’t hear their names being called, and the moderators couldn’t hear people in the control booth screaming, “Carson and Trump are stuck in the wings! They’re not coming out!”
I think the intent was probably to film each candidate as they came down the passage. ABC kept their cameras there because that’s where the plan had them. When Carson and Trump didn’t hear their names, they stopped. You can see the guy in the back trying to get Carson to go on out. Unfortunate and funny, but nobody’s fault. Carson referenced it during the debate. I think he was a little put out by it.
Something was seriously wrong with the lighting, too, I think.
Trump’s hair seemed to take on a color and consistency that I had not seen before — more bizarre than ever. I couldn’t begin to tell where it was coming from and where it was going; it seemed amorphous.
Carson, who always makes me wonder whether he’s fully awake or not, seemed to be squinting more than usual, enhancing the “can’t quite get my eyes open” effect.
The lighting caused Martha Raddatz’ right cheekbone to cast such a deep shadow that it looked like a deep trench dug into her face — which I don’t think is the case; I really think it was bad lighting.
But maybe it was all just my TV…
Some people will cry “foul!” on that Martha Raddatz observation, but that’s because they misunderstand. I’m sticking up for her. Professional lighting engineers shouldn’t make people who are no longer 25 years old look like that…
Of course, now that I look at photos of her, she just seems to have super-prominent cheekbones….
As you know, I’m always being introduced to these moderators as strangers, since I don’t regularly watch national TV news…
You’re right that they’d set up the cameras to show each candidate as they came on, but they certainly could have moved it away when the confusion became obvious. They chose not to.
On a not so light note, Ted Cruz’s answer on opiate addiction was quite moving.
One immediate connection between the SNL skit and Sunday’s big game did immediately occur to me. The way Larry-David-as-Bernie-Sanders recoils from shaking the “germ-infested hand” is strikingly similar to the way Cam Newton seemed to think about and then immediately recoil from diving on the loose football that lay practically at his feet late in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, when his team was still down only 6 points.
I’ve heard that described since as a “business decision” on Cam’s part.
That was a bizarre moment. The only explanation I can think of is that he thought the ball wàs dead.