Oz Gives Perfect Reply to Fetterman Claim About Closed Captioning System

AP Photo/Photo by Patrick Semanksy, Left, and David Dremer, Right

The Pennsylvania Senate debate on Tuesday was a disaster for John Fetterman and the Democrats. As we reported, virtually every response from Fetterman was problematic. He was unwell and it was shameful that Democrats put him forward as a candidate when he hasn’t recovered. Meanwhile, Dr. Mehmet Oz showed poise, gave great answers, and had a command of all the issues that are important to the people of the state.


It was even too much for some in the media to try to cover up, although some in the media still took a shot at it, calling it “ableism” to claim that Oz was the better candidate than Fetterman.

But the reaction from the normal voters in a poll by WPXI had Oz the winner at 82 percent to Fetterman at 18. As I wrote, independents and undecideds after seeing that indicated that they were now breaking toward Oz. Here’s a little more of that kind of reaction.

The independent/libertarian folks were all leaning toward Oz from this panel after the debate.

What did the Democrats do in response to what they knew was a disaster? They tried to mitigate the damage, claiming there had been a problem with the captioning system. They said that the captions were “delayed” and “filled with errors,” that’s why Fetterman had such difficulty. But that was shot down by the debate host who said that everything was running normally.

“In fact,” the debate host adds, “Nexstar’s production team went to extraordinary lengths to ensure the effectiveness of the closed captioning process, and to accommodate several last-minute requests of the Fetterman campaign.”

“The closed captioning process functioned as expected during rehearsal and again during tonight’s debate,” the statement concludes. “We regret that Mr. Fetterman and his campaign feel otherwise.”


Translation: The Fetterman team is lying.

Imagine that. Everyone was doing all they could to be accommodating, Oz even agreed to the closed-captioning with a closed captioner of the Fetterman campaign’s choosing. The debate coordinators even gave Fetterman a couple of opportunities to practice with the system. He did one and turned down another. Yet, now he’s accusing the system of messing up? Everyone is sympathetic to him being unwell. But his team is even taking advantage of that sympathy and accommodation, rather than doing the honorable thing by pulling him and letting him get better.

Now, Dr. Oz has just issued the perfect response to this claim of the Fetterman team.

“We’re sorry to hear that the Fetterman campaign was unhappy with how the closed captioning system that they requested was working on Tuesday,” said Brittany Yanick, the Oz campaign’s communications director, in a statement Thursday morning. “We’re happy to do a second debate any time, and let the Fetterman campaign source a closed captioner that they believe is of better quality,” Yanick offered.

Can you get any better than that? If what they said is true, the Fetterman team should jump on that. But you know they won’t, they didn’t even want the one debate and put it off as long as possible, hoping they could get more of the early voting before all Fetterman’s issues would be laid bare. No way would they want to do another debate after how badly they know the first one went.


“Doctor Oz agreed to seven debates,” the Republican’s campaign noted. “Unfortunately, John Fetterman agreed to do only one debate because he is a far-left fraud who holds Pennsylvania voters and the media in contempt. We would love another opportunity to talk about John Fetterman’s support for releasing convicted murderers, the fact that he lived off his parents into his late 40s, and the fact that he’s the most radical Democrat running for U.S. Senate this year,” Yanick added.

That says a lot about who can be there for Pennsylvania voters and it isn’t Fetterman. That’s why all the momentum now is properly going toward Oz.


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