Clinton vs. Trump: What's at Stake Tonight for NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and the Debates Themselves
"[Over] the last eight years trust in the media had maintained a relatively steady level, around 40%-to-45% -- so a drop to 32% this year is significant," Mele wrote in an email. "I think not just NBC but the media as a whole needs to consider their role in this election cycle with the cold, clear eye normally reserved for outsiders.
'If either of the campaigns think they might come out of the debate as being the loser, they are going to want to point fingers,' said Mark Johnson of the University of Kansas School of Law. Both of them 'have pretty tough questions to answer,' Johnson added, and 'they should be made to answer the same question 2, 3, 4 times until you get the answer.'"