Woke up this morning, trying to get an accurate idea of how the debate went. It was not auguring well:
The very news that he was being used as the Official Fact Chcecker – who the hell would be fooled by that? What facts? Hillary facts of course, fed in for him to draw on. Hiding to nothing, this debate was going to be.
As predicted, all the leftwing outlets – CNN, ABC, NBC [who provided the ‘moderator’ or rather, the officer in charge of asking about his tax returns multiple times during the debate], MSNBC, Google News, , which only headlines with either CNN or the Guardian, then Reuters, Mail, Telegraph and the thousands of others, national and regional, let alone what TV probably said [I’ve no TV] – all said she was measured and composed, he was all over the shop and sniffing the whole time.
My first port of call was the Beeb Online front page, to see how badly they saw it. They said it was feisty, sparks flew, nothing more.
Second stop was Breitbart which, remarkably, let us down with but one solitary thread … but a thread of 21,000 comments. Now we get to the first deeply annoying aspect and one I’ve been meaning to blog on many times:
Why on earth does any online site use this Disqus thing which not only is total rubbish – slow loading, controlling comments – but then lets you have 10 comments at a time and then you have to click on a bar to be meted out any more.
21,000 comments, at 10 per click. Is anyone else as frustrated at that as I am?
Anyway, the trolls were clearly out and that could be seen throughout, plus the Trumpists too. These are typical:
# Every poll I have looked at so far says Trump clinched the debate by between 2% and 50%. Can’t begin to understand how people thought Trump’s fact-free mendacity surpassed the informed and poised delivery of Hillary Clinton.
# CNN pollster said Clinton won but then admitted that most of the people polled were democrats. What a sham! All other polls I have seen show Trump won by large margin.
Next stop was Twitter but I knew these would be pro-Trump as it’s one’s followers who were posting. They were inconclusive, in that there were few posting. Then I realized it’s still early here and most Americans went to bed – no doubt the analysis will start tomorrow, their time.
Here was one:
Next stop was the Mail and the trolls were out in force – repeated comments from the same people, over and over. Most pro-Trump people were circumspect and kept saying the polls had bounced for Trump after the debate.
So, what can be gleaned? Not a lot really. Through it all, I get the idea Trump was not as focussed as he should have been, was more off the cuff, did not nail her on the things he had in the course of the campaign – is he saving it up?
She, a lawyer, was ultra-prepared, reading off the cue card, earpiece feeding her what to say, smiling smugly with that brickable smile. The consummate, corrupt, Washington pollie.
He failed to land blows on the emails, which she called her ‘mistake’ and instead of tearing into her, he was ‘measured’, which is not his forte. Except for the jibe about his tax returns, which he answered by saying he’d release them when she released the 33,000 emails. That one went down well with the audience apparently.
Seems to me that everyone was in his or her entrenched position, considering one or the other had won according to his or her bias. And that’s where we are – no further forward, with Orban and Wilders doing their thing over here, the Donald over there, ne’er the twain shall meet between the left-liberals and global corrupt on one side and us on the other.
Nothing has changed except our voice is beginning to be heard, despite all MSM efforts that it is not. Therefore, the only people I can trust on that debate are people commenting at our blogs, and then only if they actually saw the debate, and even then there are a few pro-Cruz, globalist-type conservatives among us – the Cameron/Clarke/Hague lot.
Guido was useless on it, there was nowhere else I could go to get unbiased views on how the debate went. That is the state of information transference these days.