Leading political analysts, from all sides of the political spectrum, gather for PaleyIMPACT: James P. Jimirro Media Impact Series: Debating the Debates: A Paley Town Hall on September 23, 2020, to comment on the efficacy and importance of the upcoming presidential debates. After a welcome from Paley Center President and CEO Maureen Reidy and comments from James P. Jimirro, the conversation begins. Topics include: debates as "X-rays" of the candidates' personalities; avoiding talking points and simple "gotcha" moments; expectations for the Trump/Biden debates, as neither are "masters of detail"; tough questions about veterans and whether they are used as "props" by politicians; why press accounts often differ from viewers' perceptions of debate outcomes; why young first-time voters shouldn't rely only on social media reactions; the demoralizing impact of political violence; why moderators should challenge candidates' non-factual claims in real time; the Supreme Court fight; and advice for Chris Wallace, including the need for preparation, humility, and careful listening.
Participants: James Carville, Democratic Strategist / Podcast Cohost, 2020 Politics War Room; Michael Goodwin, Columnist, The New York Post / Contributor, Fox News; Amy Holmes, Political Columnist and Writer, Real Time with Bill Maher; Frank Luntz, Contributor, Fox News, CNBC / Host, Fridays with Frank; Michael Steele, Former Chairman, Republican National Convention / Political Analyst, MSNBC
Moderator: Marie Hardin, Dean, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State University
Guest: James P. Jimirro, creator and founding president, The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video
Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media