Washington Post: Pence, Harris teams at odds over plexiglass at debate

Washington Post: Pence, Harris teams at odds over plexiglass at debate. “Vice President Pence is requesting that no plexiglass dividers be placed on his side of the stage at Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate, after an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates that dividers had been agreed to as a safety measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Marc Short, the vice president’s chief of staff, said the vice president’s team does not view plexiglass dividers as medically necessary, given other safety measures at the debate, including a 12-foot distance between Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and daily testing of both candidates.”

Chris Wallace: Trump Arrived at Debate Too Late for COVID-19 Test (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: Chris Wallace: Trump Arrived at Debate Too Late for COVID-19 Test. “President Donald Trump arrived too late in Cleveland on Tuesday to get a COVID-19 test ahead of the debate, according to Chris Wallace, the event’s moderator. Instead, the Fox News star revealed, there was an ‘honor system’ for the two campaigns to have arrived having already tested negative.”

Politico: Debate commission accedes to Biden campaign’s ‘health and safety’ objections for VP debate

Politico: Debate commission accedes to Biden campaign’s ‘health and safety’ objections for VP debate. “The Commission on Presidential Debates has agreed to seat Kamala Harris and Mike Pence 12 feet apart at the vice presidential debate next week, after the Biden campaign raised health and safety objections to the original spacing between the two candidates because of Covid concerns. As of Friday evening, however, the commission would not accede to the Biden campaign‘s request that Harris and Pence stand during the debate. Instead, the two will be seated, which was the preference of the Trump campaign, a source familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.”

Crowds out, masks in: Debating in the age of the coronavirus (AP)

AP: Crowds out, masks in: Debating in the age of the coronavirus. “Crowds and pageantry are out. COVID-19 tests and masks are in. Presidential debates are typically some of the most exciting nights of the campaign season, drawing a crowd of thousands of staffers, media and guests. But this year, as with almost everything else, things are very, very different, with a long list of precautions in place.”

CNN: Notre Dame withdraws from hosting first presidential debate due to coronavirus

CNN: Notre Dame withdraws from hosting first presidential debate due to coronavirus. “The University of Notre Dame announced Monday it will withdraw from hosting the first presidential debate in September due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The debate, scheduled for September 29, will now take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.”

EurekAlert: To win online debates, social networks worth a thousand words

EurekAlert: To win online debates, social networks worth a thousand words. “Want to win an argument online? Bolstering your social network may be more helpful than rehearsing your rhetorical flourishes. According to Cornell researchers, social interactions are more important than language in predicting who is going to succeed at online debating. However, the most accurate model for predicting successful debaters combines information about social interactions and language, the researchers found.”

Pew: Social media causes some users to rethink their views on an issue

But please don’t try to talk me into liking Miracle Whip because it ain’t happening – Social media causes some users to rethink their views on an issue. “Overall, 20% of social media users say they’ve modified their stance on a social or political issue because of material they saw on social media, and 17% say social media has helped to change their views about a specific political candidate.”

PsychCentral: Social Media Posts Provide Fodder for Vaccination Debate

PsychCentral: Social Media Posts Provide Fodder for Vaccination Debate. “In January 2016, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself holding his baby daughter with the caption ‘Doctor’s visit – time for vaccines!’ With his undeniable reach and the ability of anyone to comment, the post represented a unique opportunity to analyze the language used to express pro- vaccination and anti-vaccination viewpoints.”

Mashable: Facebook’s debate night livestream was faster than cable

Wow! Facebook’s debate livestream was faster than cable. “It’s up for discussion who won the final debate of the election, but there was a clear winner Wednesday in the battle of live-streaming services. Facebook had the lowest latency, even trumping the satellite and cable for some viewers. The results came from a study by employees of Wowza, a media streaming service provider, who tracked the delay of streaming services across devices and compared them back to the baseline of radio.” Here’s how I listened to the debate. It was accidental but worked really well: I had the debate livestreaming on YouTube with a 3 minute delay and was reading the hashtag #debate on Twitter. I got enough warning with the tweets that I could pay close attention for the things in the debate inspiring the most comment.

Chrome Extension Will Show Pop-Up Fact Checking During Final Debate

I feel kind of icky mentioning the election, but you might find this useful. A new Chrome extension lets you see live fact-checking during the last (thank you Glob) election debate. “Users will see a livestream of the debate with occasional messages that will pop onto the screen showing PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter rating for statements by the candidates.”

CBSN, Instagram Teaming Up for Debates

It seems like every social platform in the known universe is getting in on the Presidential debates. Including Instagram. “CBS News’ streaming service CBSN is joining forces with Instagram to feature the app’s Stories within its live coverage of the presidential debates. In an election season teeming with digital partnerships between news organizations and social media platforms, CBSN’s Instagram tie-in still manages to stand out from the crowd. The deal marks the first time the relatively new Stories feature will be used by a network as part of its live coverage.”

Twitter Teams Up with Bloomberg To Livestream Debates

If you don’t want to watch the debates on Facebook, you’ve got another option: Twitter. “Twitter will livestream the first general-election debate on Sept. 26 as well as the proceeding ones thanks to a partnership with Bloomberg Media. The news comes just a day after ABC News announced it would stream its coverage on Facebook. Other networks have yet to reveal their digital plans.”