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First victory: CNN frees the debates at Sibutramine Prices - FDA Checked Pharmacy



First victory: CNN frees the debates

The wall has cracked. CNN has announced that -- unlike MSNBC -- it will open up the debates it is hosting in June under a Creative Commons license. No restrictions. Now that's the ticket. The release:
CNN to Make Presidential Debate Footage Available without Restrictions As previously announced, CNN will team up with Hearst-Argyle's WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader to host two presidential debates to be held in America's first primary state. The debate featuring Democratic candidates will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Republican debate will be held on Tuesday, June 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Due to the historical nature of presidential debates and the significance of these forums to the American public, CNN believes strongly that the debates should be accessible to the public. The candidates need to be held accountable for what they say throughout the election process. The presidential debates are an integral part of our system of government, in which the American people have the opportunity to make informed choices about who will serve them. Therefore, CNN debate coverage will be made available without restrictions at the conclusion of each live debate. We believe this is good for the country and good for the electoral process. This decision will apply to all of CNN's presidential debates, beginning with the upcoming New Hampshire debates in June.
(via Slashdot) Separately, I just noticed that when John Edwards called on the networks to do just this, he didn't call on one network: FoxNews. That's not an oversight. It's a coy slap on Fox, whom various Democrats are trying to boycott in debate season. Hmmm. It's hard to call for open debates and then close out one of the networks and its audience, isn't it? I have asked FoxNews what their policy will be regarding rights of whatever debates they do hold.

2 Responses to “First victory: CNN frees the debates”


  1. 1 TLB May 6th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    This effort is a pointless waste of time. I’ve already made two videos using MSNBC’s copyrighted audio portion, safely knowing that my use was fair use.

    “Freeing” the “debates” also makes no sense if the “debates” are like the recent GOP “debate”, with pointless puffball questions.

    I doubt whether many of the partisan hacks who signed on to the petition would support a call to make sure that difficult questions are asked of both sides at the debates. They wouldn’t want the other side to be asked difficult questions for fear that those would be asked of their side. That goes quadruple for immigration-related questions.

    Continuing with the frankness, I note that the pace of prezconference-tagged videos has slowed. And, the recent Youtube interview with McCain is a waste of time; they failed to ask any tough questions.

    I’ve seen a few articles saying that candidates are asked toughies on the trail, but no reporter tells us what the questions were, and those who ask them don’t seem to have promoted the answers.

    There really needs to be someone else besides me trying to have politicians asked the questions they should be asked.

  1. 1 BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Good for CNN Pingback on May 6th, 2007 at 12:02 am

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