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Sunday, January 31, 2010

No need for forums

Larry Faraon, OP

So what’s wrong with delaying in answering a question in an open forum, as one ANC anchor would fault and pun President Joseph Estrada by saying that the former President took two minutes in answering a question from a presidential forum moderator. As a preacher, evangelist and speaker for hundreds of occasions from churches to symposiums, I have mastered the art of answering questions from the audience; and part of the technique and strategy is delaying in responding to the question, refusing to answer the question, or “Next question please” or “I’ll refer to this to some other more competent” or “Excuse me, but this line of questioning is out of topic or has double meaning” or “Please elaborate the question” or a humble admission, “Let me see what to make up with your question.” Communicators, including television broadcasters
should know this.

Watching presidential forums is not my cup of tea. I don’t really get much from it anyway. Formats or the discussion layouts are sometimes in total disarray, un-systematic. The manner of exposition and questioning are often times reduced to whatever semantics would cater to the moderators or organizers’ motives. Most often, the forums are so tainted with “media-matics” with subliminal or intentional bent for sarcasm, bias, witticism, levity and putting the subject into the spotlight when he is totally unprepared for it — a tried formula for showbiz programs or stand-up comedy bars!.... MORE

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