Way back in 1992 I became the first woman and first minority to moderate a presidential debate. This past summer I was constantly asked, “Why hasn’t another woman moderated a presidential debate?”
Why people thought I had the answer, I don’t know. It should have been directed to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Supported by the Republican and Democratic Parties, the Commission has been responsible for producing the debates since 1987. Together with campaign officials for the candidates, Commission members decide the dates, locations, formats and moderators for the one debate for vice president and the three for president.
Allow me to point out here that of the 17 members most are male and white. Only two women serve on the Commission. Perhaps a problem?
Hillary surrogate Carole Simpson went on CNN to insult “entitled” young women, millennials in general.
I seriously don’t understand what the Clinton campaign and associates think they stand to gain by telling young voters, “We think you’re stupid and entitled, you don’t know what you’re talking about, you don’t deserve the things you think you do, and that’s why you should vote for our candidate over the one you prefer.”
Who says the youth doesn’t have a voice? Three 16-year-old female high school students from New Jersey may be responsible for the appointment of CNN’s Candy Crowley as the first female moderator of a presidential debate in two decades.
Ms. SIMPSON: It did, indeed. I was mooned when I was in the radio studios. My first job was in radio in Chicago and the men were not happy that I had been hired, and felt I’d been hired because I was simply a black woman and not because I might be qualified to do the job. But they set out to try to make me mess up on the air. And aside from mooning me, I had a big rubber tarantula thrown on the desk; my papers were set afire. And you’re on the air live so you can’t say anything. And you know what they did, Liane? By trying to make me mess up, they gave me focus. And to this day, there could be an explosion in this studio right now and I would continue talking to you like nothing happened.
From her first day on the radio in Iowa City in 1964, Carole Simpson had to regularly deal with racial and gender discrimination in the broadcast news business. She now teaches journalism at Emerson College in Boston, and has written a memoir of her long, hard road to the network anchor chair. It’s called, “News Lady.”