Heather Kulp Discusses Media’s Coverage of Presidential Debates

An op-ed authored by former Skadden Fellow Heather Kulp (’10) drawing comparisons between the media’s coverage of the presidential debates and its “zero-sum, take-no-prisoners” approach to sports commentary was published in The Los Angeles Times (“Can We Get a Political Timeout?” Oct. 25). “One big problem with setting up the debates as sporting events, with time clocks and winners and losers, is that the ability to ‘win’ such a contest has little to do with the essential qualities for being a successful leader,” the article said. “An effective president needs to be able to engage in dialogue, not argument; to negotiate and persuade rather than browbeat; to listen respectfully and to embrace good ideas from across the political spectrum.” Heather teaches at Harvard Law School.