How the World Views Trump vs Clinton


After the first presidential debate, American media devoted themselves to pouring over every nuance of the candidates' performances -- examining everything from body language to facial expressions, and subjecting their statements to fact-checking.

Ballot Brief wondered how the rest of the world viewed the candidate face-off that some pundits equated with the Superbowl. Here's a sampling of what we found.

The Times of London carried an analysis of the debate from columnist, commentator and former executive editor, Daniel Finkelstein. As you can tell from the title, Trump Needn’t Worry If He Lost This Debate, Finkelstein thinks the whole debate process is over-rated. He looks back to the first televised debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and concludes that even its impact was mostly a myth. And he says the winner of the 2016 election will depend far more on who is able to get out the vote than on any debate performance.

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Writers for online media outlet Russia Today seemed to thoroughly enjoy the spectacle of debate U.S.-style. They concentrated on the action taking place in social media, embedding their favorites in an online article titled "Shimmies, sniffles & shout downs."


Al Jazeera featured a reporter's notebook on the debate from its senior Washington correspondent Alan Fisher, who covers the candidates on a regular basis.  He wondered which Trump would show up for the first debate: the " focused, disciplined candidate" of recent days, or the "free-range, scattergun businessman who blew his way through the Republican primary campaign?" He decided both were on-hand.

German broadcaster Deutsche Weller took a different tack on the debate. One of several articles devoted to coverage was the transcript of an e-mail interview with American philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt. He's a professor of philosophy emeritus at Princeton University and author of the bestseller, On Bullsh*t. Here's a quote from the exchange:

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