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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Empty Spectacle Rolls On

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that MSNBC is not required to include candidate Dennis Kucinich in its scheduled Democratic presidential debate.

The seven-member court overturned Monday’s ruling by a Nevada district court judge.

The decision, which came one hour before the debate was scheduled to begin in Las Vegas, meant that Mr. Kucinich would not share the stage with the party’s three leading contenders, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. The debate is expected to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern on MSNBC.

MSNBC had no immediate comment on the ruling. It will likely be described as a First Amendment victory by the news organization, as lawyers for NBC had argued that it had a right, as a privately owned network, to determine whom to invite to the debate. The network changed the criteria for participation in the debate after other candidates dropped out of the Democratic race for president last week.

NBC Wins Battle Over Debate
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times

Another sham election brought to you by corporate America.

"It will likely be described as a First Amendment victory." Of course it will, in this completely controlled, Orwellian country where everyone is too chickenshit to stand by the principles of democracy.

The equal-time rule specifies that U.S. radio and television broadcast stations must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who might request it. This means, for example that if a station gives one free minute to a candidate on the prime time, it must do the same to another.


The rule was created because FCC thought the stations could easily manipulate the outcome of the elections.

-- Wikipedia

Dennis has opposed the Iraq war from the start. Dennis voted against the Patriot Act. Millions of Americans wondering what's wrong with this country would be interested in what he has to say, IF he were given the chance. But he can't be allowed to get up on the media stage and answer questions like "you voted against the Patriot Act. Why?"


"I read it."

As he did in an earlier debate.

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