The Commission on Presidential Debates issued the following one sentence statement:
“Regarding the first (Presidential) debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall”
For quite sometime now, there have been a series of conspiracy theories linking unusual events or happenings with Hillary Clintonâ€™s presidential campaign. Â Â I dismissed most of the Clinton campaign oddities because they were based on speculation. Â Â Unfortunately, that is no longer possible because the â€œconspiracyâ€ has gone beyond obvious media reporting bias to hard evidence.
It is admitted is that Donald Trumpâ€™s audio malfunctioned at the first presidential debate. Â However, an audio system, like a gun, does not decide to function or malfunction without the intrusion of a human hand. Â
When I asked some conference experts about audio control, they noted that a sound company is normally employed to ensure that speaker microphones and sound quality is maintained. Â Â The process works something like this: Â First, a sound company does the setup and checks out everything ahead of time. Â Second, conference planners and speaker support personnel also check the equipment, thus providing a double check. Â Third, while this is not the most complicated of activities, the experience of the sound technician is important. Â An inexperienced onsite sound technician can make a mistake by cutting the wrong microphone feed, producing the proverbial â€œscreetchâ€, or otherwise misadjusting control knobs and switches. Â Fourth, almost never mentioned, was the microphone itself as the check out procedure would discover a defect.
I asked if it was possible to sabotage a specific audio feed. Â The answer was unequivocally yes, and the faulty sound output would result from the actions of a sound technician, the production broadcaster or an unidentified third party. Â It is possible to position a microphone in an uncomfortable position for a speaker and that could impact sound transmission quality, but microphones are physically adjustable. Â (It is also common for speaker management personnel to be near the stage and to know how to adjust a microphone or podium for comfort, to check the connections, or to ensure the transmission to the audience.)
Bottom line: Â There is admitted direct evidence of an audio problem (that specifically affected Donald Trump and left Hillary Clinton problem free)! Â There is circumstantial evidence that links the Trump audio system problem to a chain of technicians and debate support personnel at a minimum! Â This isnâ€™t conspiracy theory but facts and inferential evidence that could be admitted in a court of law for use by a jury.
It appears that somebody tampered with the Trump audio either before or during the Presidential debate. Â The only question at this point is who as the why is relatively obvious.
A Conspiracy Theory is aÂ theoryÂ that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups.
Circumstantial EvidenceÂ isÂ evidenceÂ that relies on an inference to connect it to a conclusion of fact â€” like a fingerprint at the scene of a crime.
DirectÂ EvidenceÂ supports the truth of an assertion without the need for any additionalÂ evidenceÂ or inference â€“- like a defective tire that exploded.