I think TV stations have gotten out of the practice of stating the opinions of station managers as more TV stations are being run remotely by out-of-state companies and are no longer as much a part of the communities they serve. At one time, stations would choose an issue each week, come up with a position on it, write an editorial and present it at various times throughout the week. Here’s an 1973 editorial from WMAQ-TV in Chicago urging people to put pressure on the Butcher’s Union, who had written into their contract with grocery store chains that meat would not be sold unless a butcher was present, which was from 9 to 6 Monday through Saturday.
That bit at the end about welcoming the opportunity to “present significant opposing viewpoints” was a solicitation for a rebuttal, in this case giving the heads of the Butcher’s Union an opportunity to explain why not selling meat after 6 PM or on Sunday was vital to the rank and file of the union. To make their case, they picked someone who could say “kiss my rump roast” without actually saying it.
I was on the debate team when I was a freshman in high school. In high school, debates matched two teams of two students each, one of which would argue for the year’s proposition (the year I was doing it, it was whether or not the US should start the EPA, a moot issue because President Nixon had created it several months before) and the other against it. These teams were called the Affirmative and the Negative. Each member of each team would have ten minutes to state their case, one kid from the Affirmative side and one from the Negative, then the other kid from each team. Then each team was given five minutes for rebuttal, to try and rip apart the other team’s arguments. This time, the Negative went first, then the Affirmative. I think my partner and I argued more with each other than with the kids we were debating. Needless to say, we didn’t do so well, and I quit the team before the last tournament, much to the chagrin of the debate coach (but the delight of my partner), who was also my Theology teacher. Let’s just say my grade in Theology fell off significantly that quarter.
At least I didn’t get thrown off like Ron White did. Warning: very strong language ahead! NSFW! Send the kids out of the room!