The first presidential debate has been eviscerated by those in the US media, with it being slammed as a “disgrace” and a total “sh*tshow”. President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden went head-to-head in a public arena for the first time Wednesday in a debate that frequently devolved into a shouting contest. Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre says in this Yahoo! News article that he believes the scathing reaction from much of the US media was earnest.