The debate last night in Milwaukee comes just two weeks after the heated Republican debate in Boulder. During and after that debate, the candidates and other Republicans criticized some of the debate questions, calling them politically biased and needlessly confrontational. Do the media outlets that sponsor the debates have too much power, too much influence in deciding the format of the debate, what the questions should be, and even which candidates get to participate?
Joining Tom in the studio to discuss the most recent debate are Dr. Sheri Parks, the Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming in the College of Arts and Humanities, and Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland; E.R. Shipp, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and associate professor at the School of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Richard Cross, a former press secretary and speech writer for Bob Erhlich when he was in Congress and when he served as Governor of Maryland. Now he blogs at Cross Purposes.