David Schuster, a reporter for MSNBC wasn’t deferential enough to the Clintons during the 2008 campaign. When he said that Hillary was “pimping out Chelsea” the campaign lost it and went on a rampage calling up GE CEO Jeff Immelt to bring down the hammer.
It is rather silly that in this day and age that only the Republicans and Democrats get the main debate stage.
Set a clear polling threshold early for the debates. Say, at such and such a time if 3 or 5 polling companies (they should be announced long beforehand) show a non-GOP or non-Dem candidate polling at 7% or more of the national vote then that person gets to be in the main debates.
(From Voices of Liberty)
The reason that only the Democrat and Republican nominees are allowed to debate is simple: The debates are entirely controlled by the Democrat and Republican parties. They own them—literally. Oh sure, the nationally-televised presidential debates are sponsored by the official-sounding “Commission on Presidential Debates” – or CPD, as it is commonly known. Voters turn on the TV, see an official-looking debate stage, moderators usually recruited from the media, and hear that the event is sponsored by a “Commission”. It looks and sounds legit.
What the vast majority of those voters DON’T know is the CPD is a private organization created in 1987 by the Republican and Democratic National Parties for the express purpose of seizing control of the presidential debates.
Here’s how it works: This “Commission”, made up almost entirely of Republican and Democrat partisans, solicits funding for its activities from corporations and special interests. It requires the campaigns of the Republican and Democrat nominees for president to sign an agreement that they will ONLY participate in those debates sponsored by the CPD, thus foreclosing the possibility of any other organization sponsoring a debate that will actually be televised nationally. And…the CPD sets the rules not only for the debate formats, but for inclusion. In short, the Republican and Democrat Parties decide who is allowed to debate.
I was just out in San Francisco and I definitely sensed a political shift in the winds. Obama’s “hope and change” has long left the Bay Area for many, though most won’t say it out loud yet. One gets the feeling out there that people think now is the time to begin turning the page on this political era, the Bush/Obama era.