This morning on CNN’s Reliable Source, Howard Kurtz asked Politico’s Roger Simon whether he thought Tom Brokaw lost control of last Tuesday’s debate?
Simon: No. I think he really was trying to play by the rules. And if he appeared to lose control, it’s because it’s live TV, and both the guys on stage are good enough at using live TV that they know they can get away with anything.
The rules say you can only go five feet from your chair, they’ll go 10 feet. What, is Tom supposed to wrestle them to the ground? If it says you can’t respond to your attacker, they’ll respond to your attacker. What, is he going to stuff his tie in their mouths?
They will do what they want to do. They are good players on the stage. They know how to game the system.