One of the clearest takeaways on social media throughout the South Carolina Democratic debate is CBS didn’t deliver the best show.
The network received criticism for its handling of the debate, the messiness of the exchanges, and the type of questions asked. Critics included the campaign of Bernie Sanders:
This poorly moderated debate so far… pic.twitter.com/W6FXEYz8nY
— Faiz (@fshakir) February 26, 2020
The general consensus was equally harsh. CNN’s Brian Stelter noted some called the debate a “disaster.”
Debates are hard. TV news rivalries are hardcore. That said, debate pros at other TV networks are exchanging messages calling this a "disaster," a "nightmare" and worse
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 26, 2020
CBS is obsessed with trying to make oddly specific news at this debate.
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) February 26, 2020
Does CBS have a buzzer or something to organize this??? What’s going on?
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 26, 2020