This is hilarious. CNN is already getting mocked for the debate format before anyone even got asked a question:
Problem: Too many candidates, not enough time.
CNN Solution: Burn 10 minutes over-produced pageantry, immediately take a commercial break, kill another 12 minutes with needless opening statements, ask first actual question @ 8:23pm.
Other than that off to a great start.
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) July 31, 2019
I’m so glad I’m at a ballpark and not watching CNN pretend our democracy is a game
— jay 🔩⚾️ (@jaydestro) July 31, 2019
Debate going the full CNN: action-movie trailer, election-night bass 'n drums … now a color guard, national anthem, and don't forget opening statements.
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) July 31, 2019
I watched the opening of CNN’s debate and I’m now even dumber than I already was
— Garrett Martin (@grmartin) July 31, 2019
We actually agree with Sally Kohn for once:
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 31, 2019
Others compared it to the WWE:
Yes. We could have done without the WWE opening. https://t.co/cD7ce2EIHL
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) July 31, 2019
It took 25 minutes to get to the first question:
First question… 25 minutes in. CNN is bad at TV.
— John Hammontree (@JohnHammontree) July 31, 2019
And the audio is out of sync for some folks:
— Mimi Kennedy (@MimiKennedyLA) July 31, 2019
And don’t even think about trying to watch online:
— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) July 31, 2019
The candidates are finally answering questions, but they keep getting cut off for time. If only CNN didn’t waste the first 25 minutes. . .
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) July 31, 2019
Beto O’Rourke’s strategy for second debate is to re-re-re-introduce himself to the American people https://t.co/aGHvbkmazP
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 31, 2019