So the fourth and final debate between Sen. Scott Brown (R-I’ll Only Debate Sandy) and challenger Elizabeth Warren (D-Okay Then) is officially off. But, as usual, the local dailies have very different versions of the debatement.
From the Boston Globe:
Citing hurricane, Scott Brown pulls out of final US Senate debate; Elizabeth Warren follows suit
Senator Scott Brown, citing the danger posed by Hurricane Sandy, has pulled out of his fourth and final debate with Elizabeth Warren, which was scheduled to take place Tuesday evening in Boston and be broadcast live on television.
“It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes,” Brown’s spokesman, Colin Reed, said in a statement released this afternoon. “The focus for all of us before, during, and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics.”
Reed’s statement did not indicate whether the senator wanted to reschedule after the storm subsides.
In a statement, Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers agreed with not debating Tuesday, but sounded open to a possible rescheduling . . .
The debate’s organizers, a consortium of Boston media outlets that includes the Globe, had been planning to go ahead with the hour-long debate.
The Boston Herald painted a very different picture:
Scott Brown frees TV stations from a sticky situation
The local TV stations are off the hook — thanks to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
A consortium of media, which includes Channels 2, 5, 7 and New England Cable News, had planned to decide this morning whether to hold tonight’s final debate between Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren — as the Storm of the Century dominates the news.
Had they come to the conclusion that the showdown must go on, the TV outlets would be grappling today with the dilemma of choosing storm coverage or politics in the throes of an important ratings “sweeps” month.
Brown made the decision an easy one when he bailed out of the debate yesterday. “The focus for all of us before, during and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics,” his campaign said in a statement.
No question – when it’s a choice between StormCast and storm und drang, the weather wins out every time.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about the current political media climate, isn’t it?