Paul L. Caron

Sunday, October 11, 2020

#Manterrupting In The VP Debate ... And The Academy

Inside Higher Ed, #Manterrupting:

VP DebateYes, there was a fly on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during this week’s vice presidential debate. But before the insect stole the show, social media was already abuzz with comments about Pence’s multiple interruptions of his opponent, Senator Kamala Harris, and his refusal to stop talking when moderator Susan Page called time.

Page signaled to Harris to stop talking 13 times. She had to signal Pence 45 times.

In a bonus round of what’s been called “manterrupting,” former politician Rick Santorum interrupted commentator Gloria Borger while she was talking about Pence’s interruptions on CNN following the debate.

These scenes resonated with many of the female academics watching.

“The moderator verbally admits Pence has had more time than @KamalaHarris but still gives him more time,” Anne Charity-Hudley, North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African-America at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said on Twitter. “This is the story of Black women in a nutshell.”

Anna Meier, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, tweeted, “I have never gotten dirtier looks in any scenario than in academic settings after I’ve asked men who’ve interrupted me if I can finish.”

Kathleen Belew, assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago, joined in, writing “that for every time we ask if we can finish a thought, there are a hundred times we don't bother to bring up being interrupted.”

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He interrupted because she was making false statements, half truths and changing the subject. This is just an excuse to change the narrative from "we won't increase taxes", then "we will increase taxes on those making over $400k". Ok which is it, how do you calculate the $400k, is taxable income, AGI, modified AGI. Let's face it they are going to raise taxes and everyone will be affected in some way.

Posted by: Donya Oneto | Oct 12, 2020 10:48:17 AM

The official counts I have seen are that they either had equal time or Harris had more than two minutes more. And the very biased moderator had almost as much. Rattling off 3-5 Democratic talking points while formulating a "question".

Posted by: GlobalTrvlr | Oct 12, 2020 4:24:57 AM