And in many cases the media in general that perpetuate a gotcha method of news-making that the questioners believe would be entertaining to their audience (and possibly helpful to their careers) but adds little to intelligent discourse. Ted Cruz summed up the first problem nicely at tonight’s Republican debate:
Chris Christie provided an example of the second major failing:
- Breaking a social compact?
- Knowing you cannot pay promised benefits?
- Bankrupt in 7 to 8 years?
Substitute ‘New Jersey pensions’ for ‘Social Security’ and bingo! Though the irony is lost on anyone with only a superficial knowledge (or interest) in the real situation which obviously includes those debate moderators (and Christie).