World Ch. Schedule : THU 20:00 KST
* Date : 2017-05-02
The first televised election debate took place in the U.S. in 1956 during Democratic Party primaries. With growing ownership of televisions in the U.S., TV debates began to draw greater attention and hold massive power in shaping election outcomes. The Nixon-Kennedy debate is seen as a classic example of how the TV medium was used to sway voters. Despite leading in polls ahead of the debate, Richard Nixon lost the election to John F. Kennedy, who was seen as establishing a strong connection with voters on air. It's not only what candidates say but their tone, body language, and facial expressions that are closely watched by voters.
We sit down to the discuss the power of televised debates and how they are being used in the current election.