Who Won the Presidential Debate? Neither - But That's Not The Point

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"Who won the debate?" ask the pundits, the campaigns and even most of the public. But a presidential debate should not be a matter of who looked more telegenic, says a new article in the weekly web magazine News Informant, but, instead, who expressed the best policies. Unlike the reactions to the debate in much of the media, News Informant article helps to carefully explain the differences between the two candidates that were articulated in the first debate last week. The result is a piece that will assist voters in choosing the right candidate.

– An article entitled “Analysis: The Differences Between Bush And Kerry On Iraq -Then & Now” in the October 4, 2004 issue of the weekly web magazine News Informant analyzes the positions of both candidates presented in the debate. Many analysts, says the article, are disappointed that neither candidate appeared to make any gaffes, that Kerry “discussed” rather than “lectured,” and that Bush seemed to know more specifics than people expected. For those who see the debate as entertainment, the debate was a failure.

The News Informant article makes clear, in contrast, that the debate served the useful purpose of elucidating the differences on foreign policy between the two major candidates for president in 2004. What is missing, unfortunately, is media followup that presents and discusses these positions in a way that people could fully comprehend the different positions, in order to judge for themselves. According to News Informant editor Bernard Perlstein, “The debate is not a boxing match. The purpose of the debate is not to entertain, but to enlighten, so the public can make an educated decision based upon policy.”

While mainstream media sources continue to evaluate winners and losers of the first debate, News Informant clarifies the differences between the candidates on:

·    How immediate a threat was Saddam Hussein? Was he a worse threat than Osama bin Laden?

·    How likely were Iraqis to view the U.S. as liberators versus occupiers?

·    Which would have been worse -- the threat of a sociopathic Saddam or a destabilized post-Saddam Iraq in the unstable Middle East?

·    What are the economic, military and political benefits and drawbacks of working with the UN and other allies?

·    How the leaders reacted publicly to mistakes?

The News Informant article details the positions of the candidates on Iraq, the pre-war threat of Saddam Hussein, the importance of UN and ally support, continuing US involvement in Iraq and the US exit strategy. “We felt compelled to present an unbiased, in-depth analysis of each candidate’s viewpoint -- and the reasoning behind it”, said Perlstein.

The News Informant article in its entirety, and its sources, can be found on the web at: http://www.newsinformant.com/2004_10_04/politics.php#000816. A free registration is required to view the article.

To request a free copy of the article, or to obtain reprint rights or other use of the article, please contact Media@newsinformant.com.

About News Informant:

News Informant, a publication of News Informant Inc., is a weekly electronic magazine focusing on news analysis of important domestic and global issues that are not sufficiently covered by the U.S. media. The magazine uses respected worldwide online source material to render original information and perspectives. The periodical follows the slogan, “It’s Not Just the News – It’s What’s Behind the News.”

News Informant, founded in 2003, was the brainchild of Bernard Perlstein, who believed that broadcast and electronic journalism too often focused on the excitement of immediate events, to the detriment of analysis of causes and possible solutions.

The magazine is the premier electronic source for news analysis on issues significant to U.S. residents. Making use of features that can only efficiently be provided through the Internet, the magazine, in addition to articles, provides immediate links to additional sources of information concerning the topic at hand.

About Bernard Perlstein:

Bernard Perlstein, founder and editor of News Informant, as well as regular contributor, has had a life-long interest in what is known in the social sciences as “political economy.” Mr. Perlstein established this magazine in order to provide, “the depth of coverage of the vital political, economic and social issues, in a concise format geared for the information age.” His specialties are in Politics, Economics and Foreign Relations. Mr. Perlstein majored in Government and minored in Economics at Oberlin College. He earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from De Paul University.

For additional information on News Informant or Mr. Perlstein, or for media inquiries, please contact:

Tonya D. Hottmann,

News Informant Inc.



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