Tonight’s the big debate and the fact checking could happen live – on Twitter 

June 27 – Everyone is gearing up for the debate tonight between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump on CNN at 9 p.m. 

It will also be carried on other networks, but the CNN logo is required to be on the bottom of the screen. 

CNN will be doing two commercial breaks during the debate. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll pointed out, “The other interesting point on that, just the kind of behind the curtain stuff with these events, apparently Nielsen, they’re going to break down on a granular level what the viewership or listenership is on each platform, so we know the ratings are going to be huge tonight. We’re looking at Super Bowl type ratings, but apparently, tomorrow or over the weekend, you will see how many viewers were on each network, so how many watched it on Fox, MSNBC, ABC, Public Television and apparently even break it down over radio platforms. So that’s going to be interesting, too, to see where did people consume this debate tonight?” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “What do you think that’s going to tell you?”

Barkdoll said, “Well, one of the rules tonight, so to everyone listening, there can be no commentary during the debate. That’s one of CNN’s rules. So if you’re watching this on Fox, you’re not going to get special commentary during the commercials. Now, after the debate, there will be spin rooms, and it will be everyone, they can do whatever they want. So my guess is people are probably going to gravitate to the platforms where they’re most interested in what will be the post debate commentary and spin rooms, because there will be none of that while the debate is happening tonight.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “You know where the fact checking will be happening in real time is on Twitter. There wouldn’t be any prohibition for news organizations on Twitter. CNN’s already planning to do that with their fact checkers, I believe.” 

“That’s a fair point,” Barkdoll said, “So Twitter, social media would be fair game. People could have all sorts of commentary and fact checking on those platforms, but any radio or TV broadcast, it’s just going to be the generic CNN feed. You’re even going to see the CNN logo, the CNN bug, on any platform you watch tonight, so don’t be surprised if you turn on Fox tonight at nine o’clock, it’s going to look just like CNN for the next 90 minutes.”

Jansen said, “I understand that was a $50,000 buy too, like Fox News, or anybody else that’s going to be showing it with the CNN logo had to pay $50,000 for the privilege to do so.” 

“That’s it?” Ryan asked. “Fox just getting pinched for $50,000?”

Jansen suggested, “For big organizations, of course, that would be easy, but I guess they had to have it at a low enough price that less wealthy outlets could also obtain it.”

Ryan said, “That’s walking around money for Fox.” 

Barkdoll agreed, “Oh yeah, they would sneeze, right? I’m curious, though, too, and I’ve not seen any reporting on this. How much is CNN making on these two commercial breaks? I would again think, could they be looking at Super Bowl type ad revenue for these two commercial breaks tonight, and the other oddity is one of the rules during those commercial breaks, Trump and Biden must stay standing on the stage. They cannot have any interaction with campaign staff or anyone else during those commercial breaks tonight.” 

“I actually like that,” Jansen said.