Published on Feb 12, 2016

When it comes to the candidates performance at the PBS NewsHour Democratic debate the establishment media has made it clear what they think, a decisive win for Hillary Clinton. There seems to be a disconnect between how the media sees the debate versus how the American people see it. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore and Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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"Deciding who "won" a debate is an inherently fraught exercise loaded with ideological bias and meta-questions of perception and groupthink. Making this determination not only involves divorcing one's self from one's own prejudices, but attempting to internalize the feelings of tens of millions of people.

After all, the question of who won isn’t only supposed to be about one’s perception, but how the win will affect the race — a question that requires the reviewer to hypothesize the reactions of the viewing public. Put another way, it’s a silly parlor game that’s designed primarily to spin public perception rather than offer some objective, to say nothing of useful insight.”

Headlines are in and of themselves important because, according to one 2014 survey, 60% of Americans get their news from only headlines. A quick glance at the Times debate section and the consensus is clear: Clinton was the runaway victor."*