Moderators come under criticism online over contentious debate

The CBS News moderators came under fire on social media Tuesday as the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina grew heated, with crosstalk often drowning them out.

Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainWell-wishes pour in across media for Chris Cuomo after coronavirus diagnosis Clay Aiken podcast looks for political balance Meghan McCain announces pregnancy, plans to telecommute to 'The View' MORE compared the debate’s atmosphere to the contentious discussions she faces on "The View," saying, "these moderators need to get this under control."


MSNBC’s Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiScarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' Whoopi Goldberg joins 'The View' from home as social distancing on TV becomes new normal Scarborough evokes 'spirit of Chris Matthews' in interview: 'We love Chris and miss Chris' MORE asked, “Does CBS have a buzzer or something to organize this?” while the Twitter account for “The Daily Show with Trevor NoahTrevor NoahThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington NBC News employee dies following coronavirus infection 'Today' show staffer tests positive for coronavirus MORE” poked fun at the often unintelligible crosstalk.


Former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman and Fox News contributor Donna BrazileDonna Lease BrazilePBS reporter says media coverage of Trump feels like 'a team sport' RNC chairwoman: Donna Brazile was 'out of line' with 'go to hell' comment Donna Brazile calls Biden comeback 'most impressive 72 hours' of politics she's ever seen MORE also addressed the moderation issues, tweeting, "Dear Madam Moderators: throw your shoes down. Get control."

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE in particular spoke over moderators attempting to cut him off on several occasions, insisting, "I am not out of time. You spoke over time, and I'm going to talk" and later asking, "Can we just speak up when we want to? Is that the idea?"

Later, as Biden attempted to break in again, moderator Gayle KingGayle KingZuckerberg, Gates team up to contribute M for research into coronavirus treatments Weinstein juror says 'Me Too' movement did not impact verdict Biden: Winning in South Carolina by 1 point is 'enough' MORE quipped, "I promise, Mr. Vice President, we are going to get to you," with Biden responding, "You keep promising me that, but you never get to me."