Should Code Pink Be Given "Undecided" Voter Slot At Debate?
I am not a fan of the town hall format for debates. The people never seem real. The questions are either obvious, leading or stupid. I've seen worse than last night's, though.
Still, there was that one question asked by one "Catherine Fenton":
In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?
First off, the premise of the question was wrong. It's not true that women make only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Not even close.
These questions were vetted, so I wonder how a question with such a blatantly false premise was even permitted.
But if The Volokh Conspiracy blog is correct, vetting may not have been a strong suit of this debate:
By a strange coincidence, there happens to be a Catherine Fenton who in 2008 identified herself as the Media Coordinator of CodePink Long Island.
I mean, really. Horrible question either way, but if true, I can't think of a better example of how silly the myth of the "undecided voter" is. Volokh goes on to say, "CNN admitted that almost all of the audience had voted for Obama in 2008." I guess most undecided voters would fit in that category, but perhaps some additional balance is needed.
Update: A commenter below notes that Volokh is still looking into it but thinks that the Code Pink media coordinator Felton and this Felton might just happen to share a name as opposed to being the same person.