Since KET is a fancy government agency, we were able to snag transcripts of the reaction line from the evening of the U.S. Senate debate between Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes.
Some were negative, some were positive but they were all entertaining.
Contact information removed for obvious reasons.
My question is for Alison Lundergen Grimes. During the debate, her biggest initiative to try go into this political battle…not audible…which to my knowledge has not succeeded. I’m wondering if she can address that. The security of all the information that is being contained, there are custodians of…not audible.
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I would like to be able to ask a question on this debate we’re having tonight, but no number is on the screen. Thank you.
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Just sitting here watching the debate on KET, Grimes and McConnell, and I am deeply, deeply disappointed in this moderator. He has interrupted Secretary Grimes, repeatedly. Every answer she makes, he interrupts her at some point. And he has not interrupted McConnell one time. It’s outrageous. The guy should be fired. I hope I never see him again on KET. Thank you.
I’m watching the senatorial debate, and I’m seeing that Bill Goodman is allowing Mitch McConnell to take over all of the questions and most of the time. I don’t think that’s fair to Secretary Grimes. Please try to even that out. Thank you.
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I’m watching what has been called a debate. If you put a stopwatch on the amount of time that Mitch McConnell has been speaking, it seems like he’s monopolizing a whole bunch of the time. I’m not happy. I’m not happy with what he’s saying. I’m not happy with him getting away with stuff that’s not true. That’s it.
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A couple of quick comments about tonight’s senatorial debate. It was horrible. The moderator was incompetent. Those questions about who you voted for, those were stupid questions. It seemed completely inappropriate, and the important questions, he never, never asked. The call, ok, let’s get that discussed and out of the way. We never talked about Senator McConnell’s record. I mean, it’s the elephant in the room. It never got mentioned until the end. Ms. Grimes brought it up. She was on quick time, and the moderator cut her off right away, fairly or unfairly. Anyway, I thought the whole thing was a missed opportunity, and it can’t be blamed on anybody but the moderator. I thought he was just incompetent. Thank you.
Thank you for providing us an opportunity to listen to your current senator, your to be senator, in the debate tonight. It was a service for all Americans to see the guy who’s the leader of the opposition in the senate. Thank you very much.
I think the debate went very well. My husband and I are very proud of Ms. Grimes. Thank you.
I’m calling from far western Kentucky, in Lone Oak, and I wish to thank Bill Goodman for hosting one on one with Senator McConnell and Secretary Grimes. I thought tonight was very interesting and very revealing about personality types, what may potentially be accomplished in the re-election of Senator McConnell. I know that Secretary Grimes has done a great job for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in her position. I’m a little bit disappointed that Bill didn’t somehow intervene and contain Secretary Grimes from continually interrupting Senator McConnell. I thought this was supposed to be a conversation. But, once again, we don’t truly know what Grimes stands for. So, thank you, Bill Goodman, for this very revealing episode, and best of success to you.
The Doss Family
Just saw the debate between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senator McConnell. We enjoyed your debate, exchange of views, ideas, and are planning to vote, for sure, on election day. Programs of this sort are like many of the others you have. They are entertaining but informative. Appreciate what KET is doing. We appreciate the work you’re doing on that end. Thank you.
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I’m offering a comment for the debate tonight between Grimes and McConnell. I’m calling mainly to say, the host of the show did an excellent job. I can’t say enough about how he handle it. I live in New Jersey now. I’m originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. I just wanted to say this about Bill Goodman. He did an excellent job. Thank you.
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This morning I’m watching Kentucky Tonight, and I want to thank you so very much for it. Bill Goodman, he gave McConnell a chance to talk as well as Grimes. And of course, I really like what McConnell had to say. I want to thank you for something else. You sent me a copy of Visions. I do appreciate it so much. Thank you.
thought the debate monitor let the debate get out of hand when he let Grimes rebut McConnell on the first question. That led to Grimes rebutting McConnell. I would rather have seen the candidates answer questions that throw “bumper sticker” statements at each other. I turned it off because I’ve already heard this.
Phil Partenheimer, Ed.D.Executive
Director Wilson Education Center
Do you have data on minutes/seconds afforded each candidate during Senate debate last night?
Seemed very McConnell heavy, particularly in latter half when discussing health care.
Bill Goodman seemed way too deferential to Sen. McConnell, cutting him off less often than he did Secretary Grimes and encouraging him to elaborate on his partisan points, while challenging Secty. Grimes’s answers. Not his finest hour.
From: Paul Lea
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 8:34 PM
To: Mike Brower
Subject: Fwd: US Senate Debate
Today KET sickens me. I will now teach my children (& all who will listen) that Kentuckians tax money is only funding a program that is just another FOX News or MSNBC. I can no longer teach them there is an unbiased alternative to informational television. Not only have you lost a family of historical viewers, you have lost a family of future viewers. Congratulations on your accomplishment to limit Liberty. No response is what I expect from you.
Forwarded from Craig Cornwell
From: Paul Lea
Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM
Subject: US Senate Debate
To: Mike Brower
Mr. Brower, I am an avid KET viewer. When I was young, I was taught the importance of educational television. My parents tuned into KET 15 Louisville back when there were only four channels to select & I have grown to enjoy it here in Lexington as an adult. Today I teach my children the importance of unbiased journalism by tuning into KET when there are political debates &/or political history being broadcast. Just moments ago I was shocked to read that Libertarian Senate Candidate, David Patterson is having to sue KET to participate in your upcoming debate. Not shocked by David Patterson’s suit, but shocked that my source of unbiased television news & history has intentionally denied it’s viewers the “full story”. By not allowing a candidate who could easily steal enough votes to sway a tie, you are clearly stating that you’re putting aside your journalistic values to support your own agenda. I am immeasurably disappointed in your decision & I graciously ask that you reconsider Mr. Patterson’s participation. I understand that the program will have limited time to discuss all the issues with the candidates. But the American people (Kentucky people) deserve to hear all sides that carry merit with a measureable population. Please do not stoop to the biased politics of FOX News & CNBC. I want to continue to teach my children that there is still unbiased news that continues to educate rather than dictate. Thank you, Paul Lea Nicholasville, Ky.
Forwarded from Craig Cornwell
While I had hoped for an interesting and balanced debate, your moderator was an embarrassment to your organization. The moderator allowed Ms Grimes plenty of uninterrupted time to respond to the moderator’s questions. But often during the debate, the moderator allowed Ms Grimes to interrupt Senator McConnell when the senator started to answer question posed by the moderator. The moderator made no attempt to stop Ms Grimes from interrupting and stealing Mr. McConnell’s time. A shameful display by the moderator which will only served to tarnish the reputation of Kentucky Educational Television. Mark
Mon 10/13/2014 11:55 PM
I watched and was not disappointed. This wasn’t a debate nut an opportunity for sound bites.
Bill had no control over Grimes she paid no attention to time or turn.
The exclusion of Patterson after the people voiced their desire to hear him was pathetic
Not calling McConnell on the funding of ACA when he swore to root and branch remove it was pathetic.
KET HAS MY ATTENTION. IM DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SEE IT DEFUNDED AND ITS PARTISAN TAX PAYER FUNDED PROGRAMING
Mon 10/13/2014 11:04 PM
I THK BILL GOODMAN WAS THE WORST MODERATOR I HAVE EVER SEEN–SEVERAL TIMES GRIMES WOULD INTERRUPT WHEN MITCH WAS TALKING AND NOTHING WAS SAID–HE MADE NO ATTEMPT TO SHUT HER UP–HE JUST LET HER TALK== MITCH KEPT RESPECTFULLY QUIET WHEN SHE WAS TALKING– I THINK HE OWES MITCH AN APOLOGY—JAMES SUMMERS 859
Mon 10/13/2014 10:42 PM
Ernest Neil Myers
KET Program Director, I have watched many congressional and presidential debates, but never in my 58 years have I been more shocked and bewildered by the Grimes/McConnell debate format!
In my opinion the format was inappropriatly structured and Mr. Goodman’s questions were leading and often seemed to have biases that were unnecessary. Especially of concern was his follow-up questions based on the candidates response; inherently this format will be unavoidalby riddled with the moderator’s biases! The follow up questions, often multiple follow up questions, to a candidate response were not equal and fairly distributed between questions or between candidates; again allowing moderator biases!
Of all the stations I watch and enjoy, I certainly expected KET to have a very unbiased, fair, equal, and well followed moderator format! Instead the station managers allowed Bill Goodman to behave like a sensational-seeking investigative reporter during a one-on-one interview!
If no less than half of your viewers do not contact the station management with similar concerns I’ll find myself embarrassed be a KET financial supporter. Disappointed in KET, Neil Myers Nicholasville, KY
Mon 10/13/2014 10:10 PM
Bill Goodman is an unethical and disgraceful Debate Host for “Kentucky Tonight”
In tonight’s CSPAN-1 “Kentucky Tonight” debate(10/13/2014) Bill Goodman did not stop Grimes from any of her numerous rude interruptions of Sen. McConnell while he was responding to a question by supposedly un-biased Host Bill Goodman. Bill Goodman’s behavior by not immediately stopping Grimes’ interruptions was a disgrace to KET and did not often allow Sen. McConnell to make complete understandable replies to the question at hand. Grimes was given plenty of time to speak and respond to her questions without any interruptions by Sen. McConnell. Please know that I am an Independent and have voted for both Party’s Office Candidates(including twice for Ross Perot’s Party) since 1964. Do to Grimes’ rude behavior I would not vote for Grimes for Dog Catcher. Thank you for publishing this feedback, Al Estes Spokane County of Washington
Mon 10/13/2014 10:08 PM
He should have made her be quiet more. She talked way to much and have no substance.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:51 PM
I found the “debate” this evening for U.S. Senate a complete joke. I thought that your moderators Allison Grimes button was showing! You wonder why candidates for public office do not want to participate, try watching a replay and count the minutes that each candidate spoke. Bill’s clearly hostile follow up questioning was pathetic. I don’t believe that he presented any follow up questions to Ms. Grimes with the same fervor that he did several times to Senator McConnell. Also a few of the prime duties as the moderator in a debate are to make sure that both candidates follow the rules of the debate and to make sure that the candidates do not constantly interrupt one another. On these two issues your moderator earns an F. Unbelievable! Brad Murrell Louisville, KY.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:35 PM
Dallas M. High
That was the worst moderator of the political debate I have ever seen. Notice he gave MConnel the first answer on every question forcing Grimes to go on the defensive. Then the moderator switched on the closing statements giving McConnel the opportunity to have the last word. This was the worst handling of a debate I have ever seen. KET you ought to fire the moderator. Dr. Dallas M. High, Retired Professor of Philosophy of the University of Kentucky
Mon 10/13/2014 9:31 PM
Ken Whittenburg, D.M.D.
THE JOB BY BILL GOODMAN ON TONIGHT’S DEBATE WAS A DISGRACE. HE PURPOSEFULLY MISPRONOUNCED SEC. GRIMES NAME CONTINUALLY THROUGHOUT EVENING. MR. GOODMAN LET MITCH MCCONNELL REBUT ANSWERS AND OR COMMENTS WITHOUT ALLOWING THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES TO SEC. GRIMES. I ADMIRE SEC. GRIMES BEING ABLE TO MAINTAIN HER COMPOSURE AFTER BILL GOODMAN TRIED IN EVERY WAY TO ENSURE MITCH MCCONNELL HAD EVERY ADVANTAGE. THANK YOU, KEN WHITTENBURG, DMD
Mon 10/13/2014 9:26 PM
An embarrassment to public television. I heard the moderator say the words to McConnell numerous times do you want to respond. I didn’t hear that phrase once to Grimes. The “interview”was extremely biased. It was not a debate in any definition of the word. Totally bias and embarrassment to democracy.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:23 PM
I was disappointed this evening to see Bill Goodman catering to Senator McConnell and giving much more air time to him than Alison Grimes. At one point Bill was just conversing with McConnell and Alison Grimes was nosed out. I expected more balance from KET.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:16 PM
I found the moderator to be quite articulate who asked tough questions from both. I found Grimes’s positions on minimum wage, student loans and infrastructure funding were very credible and Senator McConnell’s positions on these issues were a ‘punt’ with traditional party line positions. I thought he also punted the question on healthcare Connect which apparently has helped 500,000 Kentucky citizens. I thought Grimes’s repeatedly pointing out that he does not understand realities
but is consumed by party line politics at the expense of Kentucky was not well defended by the Senator. In my humble opinion Grimes won the debate by a mile. Narain Bhatia Massachusetts
Mon 10/13/2014 9:13 PM
I was disappointed in the moderator of the debates favoritism toward Senator McConnell by his repeatedly asking Senator McConnell’s for rebuttals to Secretary Grimes responses while not doing the same for Secretary Grimes. She was not given the same opportunity to rebut Senator McConnell’s comments. And when she tried to break in to rebut Senators McConnell’s claims she was cut off. I think that was totally unfair to Secretary Grimes. I am really disappointed in KET for the way they handled the debate. Dr. Gerald Sklare
Mon 10/13/2014 9:12 PM
This moderator was the most skilled at what his role was, and then following through, that I’ve seen in a long time, perhaps ever. He kept control, elicited the most efficient answers from both candidates, and did not make himself a third debater. I’d like to see much more of him in this role. The national media have lost or never learned his interviewing skills. This was a good night for Kentucky all around. Thank you.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:10 PM
I am very disappointed of the monitor in this debate. It was very clear to me that he favorited Mr. McConnell. He was allowed to talk as long as he wanted,without interruption where Mrs Grimes was stopped or interrupted several times by the monitor. I was hoping that the same rules would apply to both. We, the viewers should been offered a fair debate. Gisela Atkerson
Mon 10/13/2014 9:08 PM
It is always awkward to watch debates where the moderator allows interruptions and attacks by the participants., and Ms Grimes did just that. Also, many of the questions seemed slanted toward Ms. Grimes, as her view is that big government is the solution of all problems. Her credibility also is being questioned by her remarks in the courier Journal interview. Senator McConnell was the adult in the room.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:07 PM
I just finished watching the debate and am sorely disappointed. I felt like the interviewer in no way tried to control the very rude interruptions that Ms. Grimes continually gave to Mr. McConnell. Mr. McConnell gave her the respect he felt the debate required. I felt the interviewer should have been more professional than biased. This “debacle” helped me to finally make a decision as for whom I will vote.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:06 PM
I enjoyed the debate.
I wish I sent in the question should congress allow bidding for pharmaceutical drugs for Medicare?
This would save the taxpayers a lot of money. Doug Greenburg Harrodsburg, ky
Mon 10/13/2014 9:03 PM
Thank you for another fine presentation, I absolutely love watching KET and especially Mr. Goodman’s interviews! Blessings, Lynn Crabtree
Mon 10/13/2014 9:02 PM
Keith and Tracie Powell
Thank you KET for leaving out a candidate whom is on the ballot for not having raised enough money.
You did a dis-service to the voters, the state, and the country. Thanks Keith Powell
Mon 10/13/2014 9:02 PM
I don’t know who picked the moderator for this debate, but it is a travesty of democratic process. I would like a count of the minutes for both debaters. The moderator consistently let McConnell have as much time as he wanted with no opportunity for rebuttal. He cut off Grimes numerous times He asked McConnell important questions with no opportunity to response from Grimes. I have watched almost every debate on CSPAN, and the fairness of every debate was evident except for Kentucky. The debate sponsors and organizers should be ashamed of the bias demonstrated.
Mon 10/13/2014 9:01 PM
Why did the moderator keep letting Grimes interrupt McConnell?
That’s in poor taste. S.Duane Plapp Sr. Total Revenue Coaching LLC
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Mon 10/13/2014 8:59 PM
Moderator kept giving McConnell much more time to answer questions, constantly interrupted Ms. Grimes and did not let her finish her answers, or give her adequate time to rebut the answers that McConnell gave. I am very disappointed in this moderator.
Mon 10/13/2014 8:52 PM
This debate on KET was a God Damn Joke. Who chose this moderator in this debate ? Shae Hopkins ? McConnell is a God Damn Liar and he has been for years. He never went deep into his campaign on a variety of issues. At some point, Northern Kentuckians either want McConnell out of office or dead. At this point, it does not matter.
Mon 10/13/2014 8:47 PM
Too bad Patterson wasnt included in the “debate “. Lol more like talking points and mud sling. Not a debate.
Mon 10/13/2014 8:25 PM
Question for Senator McConnell> Do you really think “I am not a scientist” is an adequate answer to the question of Climate Change
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Protesting not having the third party candidate on KET, a public channel.
I just heard there’s going to be a debate among the potential senators for Kentucky, and heard that only two senators are debating. Well, there are going to be more than two names on the ballot, and I think there are a number of people who are not going to vote for either the Republican or Democrat, and they would like to know more about the person they are going to vote for, the alternative candidate. I think you’re making a decision that maybe doesn’t include everybody. It would be nice if you were including other candidates in the debates. That all I have to say. Thank you.
Forwarded from Debbie Britton
I’ve been watching the debate and it’s obvious that Mitch McConnell is getting much more time, and it is just not fair. I’m not voting for Alison, but my goodness, this is really bias. You guys, If you’re going to have another debate, put a time limit, like they do nationally. Thank you.
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I want to ask McConnell a question-why he did not serve in the military? But, I guess that won’t get there….hummmm.
So for anyone suggesting the frontline folks at KET don’t have to deal with unbelievable nonsense? There’s your proof that they do. From attacking Bill Goodman for doing an arguably terrific job to just foaming at the mouth.
If you know someone who works at KET and has to deal with the public? You owe it to them to thank them for their service.