The next presidential debate could include the option for moderators to mute certain candidates.
The commission that oversees the debates announced on Wednesday that it would be making changes for the upcoming two events. It will plan to cut the microphones from candidates who break the rules.
The commission says that discussions are ongoing. Plans haven’t been finalized yet. Members are working to figure out how it would go about bringing this decision to fruition.
This decision comes after the presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the commission, the debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.” Therefore, the commission floated the idea of muting microphones.
The CPD will be “carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.” According to CBS News, the commission will be spending the next 48 hours determining rules and guidelines for the next debate.
Social media has been awash with folks sharing their thoughts on the matter. Some believe this will introduce unnecessary censorship.
Twitter users are vehemently opposed to the move. They believe it’s a move to silence President Donald Trump, for instance.
Similarly, voices across social media have voiced their displeasure. However, there’s communication happening on both sides.
In conclusion, it seems that being able to yank the mic from a candidate may be a more hot-button issue than the debate itself. It should be interesting to see how the next one plays out. We’ll have another debate to look forward to in the coming weeks.
[H/T: CBS News]