CBS Makes Major Changes To Focus Of Dem Debate In Light Of Paris Attacks

After the deadliest attack on France since World War II stunned the country and the world late last night, CBS News executives made major changes to the emphasis of tonight’s second Democratic debate.

CBS News executive editor Steve Capus told The New York Times the team immediately started making moves to shift the debate’s focus when news of the attacks broke during a Friday night rehearsal. The event will now focus more on issues of national security, terrorism, and foreign relations, with questions that will address the Paris attacks.

Capus told the Times the network had planned questions for a different debate, but said “there is no question that the emphasis changed dramatically” after the attacks.

Capus also said it was important for the event to go on, saying “American leadership is put to the test” during international crises.

“The entire world is looking to the White House. These people are vying to take over this office,” he said.

The debate is scheduled to begin in Des Moines, Iowa at 9 p.m. ET. CBS has also planned a one-hour special report on Paris to air directly before the debate.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: