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Jeffrey Feldman: CNN Crops Out Candidates - Media on The Huffington Post:
A quick glance at the Monday morning highlights of the Democratic candidate debate, last night, might lead one to think that there were only three Democrats running for President: Edwards, Clinton and Obama. In fact, there are eight (e.g., also Biden, Gravel, Kucinich, Richardson, Dodd), but it seems that CNN sought to stage the debates in such a way that the camera shot could frame the top three and crop out the rest.

This raises an interesting question about the ethics of media intrusion into America's electoral process. Whether or not a candidacy truly has the money, organization and charisma to win a nomination and be elected, should private media corporations have the right to weed out candidates they decide are not going to win? In other words, once a candidate fills out petitions, gets him/herself on the ballot and legally enters a campaign--presidential or otherwise--should a private corporation have the power to, effectively, cut that candidate out of a debate? Should editorial or business meetings in private boardrooms have the power to declare a candidacy over?

Of course, in addition to this there were the blatant untruths uttered during the debate, like assertions that the folks who had the opportunity voted for the war - Dennis has voted against it from the beginning. Or like the statement that Obama and Edwards were the first to put forward comprehensive health care plans - hello, Dennis has had universal single-payer health care on his agenda since before the '04 run. It's like he's not even there. Even if they can't get the votes to go all the way to the end ballot, Dennis and Gravel and Dodd and Biden and Richardson have important thing to say to the American people, things they should listen to, and consider, and speak to their representatives about, and bring to the table for the person who does manage to get the Democratic nomination.


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Jun. 4th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Dennis, Dennis, you are so dreamy!
Jun. 8th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Every outlet of the corporate media is doing their part to choose the next president for us:

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