‘When did this debate turn into the Jerry Springer Show?’ Viewers mock CBS’ chaotic Democratic debate coverage with memes and call it an ‘undignified mess’
CBS’ coverage of the Democratic Debate has been blasted on social mediaViewers criticized moderators Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell for failing to keep candidates in order as they shouted over one anotherSeveral compared the chaotic scenes to episodes of Jerry Springer and The Real HousewivesCBS was also criticized for its questions and for airing a Bloomberg ad during one of its commercial breaks
Viewers have savaged CBS’ handling of Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, describing it as a ‘god awful undignified mess’.
Seven Democratic candidates took to the stage in Charleston, South Carolina for the event, which was broadcast by the network and moderated by its star anchors, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.
But the affair quickly descended into chaos with the contenders shouting over each other, as the moderators failed to adequately intervene.
Twitter users were quick to compare the scenes to something from reality TV, with multiple tweets making reference to Jerry Springer, The Real Housewives and WWE Wrestling.
Even The View co-host Meghan McCain chimed in to say that the on-stage anarchy overshadowed even the most severe screaming match on her daytime panel program.
‘These moderators need to get this under control. This is way worse than any bad day @TheView hot topics table. At least Whoopi has the bell,’ McCain wrote.
Later, King and O’Donnell were joined by fellow CBS journalists Bill Whitaker, Margaret Brennan and Major Garrett to help with the moderation, but the five stars still couldn’t reign in the unruly candidates.
Viewers have savaged CBS’ handling of Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, which was moderated by Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King