RUSH: The controversy here over the Republicans not participating in the upcoming YouTube CNN debate has led to lots of discussion, as some people think the Republicans are going to have this backfire on them because you gotta go out there and you gotta face the people. If you're afraid to face the people, meaning the average Americans who upload their questions via video on YouTube, then you're acting cowardly and so forth. Note the Democrats, to this day are scared to death to go on Fox, you got Barack Obama and Hillary in a meaningless argument over which thug around the world they will talk to when, the fact is, neither of them has the guts to go on Fox News for a debate. But you don't hear that portrayed in the Drive-By Media. Now the Republicans say, "You know what, the office of the presidency is a little bit higher, has a little bit more prejudice than subjecting ourselves to questions from idiots dressed up as snowmen and so forth." Now they're saying it's going to backfire on them, and this was a discussion on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday with Howard Kurtz. He's talking with Jeff Jarvis, media critic. Kurtz says, "They were supposed to, or at least was tentatively scheduled, a Republican presidential debate with CNN YouTube format for September. Now a lot of the Republicans are expressing reservations, have scheduling problems. Do you think the Republicans are being aware of being questioned by people who submit their queries through YouTube?" JARVIS: I think they're revealing themselves to be a bunch of fraidy cats. The Republicans for some reason have not done as much on the interpret and YouTube as the Democrats have, though in Europe it's conservatives who are ahead on YouTube, so it's not a bias thing as Rush Limbaugh tried to insist this week. I think the Republicans were trying to find some way to weasel out of this, and they used scheduling excuses, bias excuses, dignity excuses, but I think it's going to come around. I'm going to bet it's going to happen, and because they can't avoid talking to us. RUSH: They are not trying to avoid talking to you. By the way, they're going to try to reschedule this thing for December, is what I'm hearing. I never said the Republicans shouldn't do it because of bias. We all know there's bias in the Drive-By Media. We all know that CNN's going to choose questions based on their agenda, based on what they get submitted to them. We know there's going to be bias. I suggested that it would be a rotten thing to do because it's demeaning to the office. It lowers the office to the level of the lowest common denominator of pop culture. This is being presented as some revolutionary new thing, and it's not. It's no different than having an audience in there that you stand around, you run around with a microphone, let 'em ask questions and so forth, and you know how well that goes, and you know that they have never turned over, CNN nor any network has never turned over totally a debate to people in the audience. They occasionally go to people in the audience, like the ponytailed guy in Richmond, Virginia, back in 1992 who wanted all those candidates to explain to him how they were going to treat us like their children and so forth, it was gag me with a spoon time on that. If I were these professional journalists, I'd be a little upset that I'm being aced out of this. The Drive-By Media is in enough trouble as it is without their prestige being put on the line here by claiming that the debate will be better with these yahoos sitting out there with these cameras submitting their stuff via upload to YouTube.
Archive for July, 2007
This is becoming a bad habit. We've been on Rush Limbaugh's show again in the discussion over the YouTube CNN debate and various Republicans' attempts to weasel out of it. In full:
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 30th, 2007 10 Comments Tags: debates, giuliani, paul, romney, youtube.
A voter calls out Giulliani and Romney for trying to find excuses to duck the YouTube debate. He calls them a variation on what I called them: fraidycat. And -- no surprise -- he comes around to say the real reason they're scared is because they don't want to face Ron Paul. Ron Paul is everywhere. The Channel 08 blog has the latest on the tango over the debate: It might be rescheduled.
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 30th, 2007 2 Comments Tags: commercials, dodd.
Catching up on Dodd's voluminous video, I find him recycling his white-hair gag from the debate in a commercial (or vice versa):
Ron Paul's campaign puts up a video from Ron Paul's visit to Google, starting with a song: If You Google Ron Paul. The people who are really running the world seem to like him. Sound bite from the lyrics: Last chance to restore our freee-eee-eee-dom. Last chance to save our Cons-tis-tooo-shun. Cons-tis-tooo-shun. Cons-tis-tooo-shun." Here was his visit to YouTube.
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 30th, 2007 5 Comments Tags: huckabee, religion.
Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, gives the sermon in a Little Rock church and here it is on YouTube. Sound bite: "There is no group plan for going to heaven. I'm not going to heaven because I'm an American. I'm not going to heaven because I'm a member of a particular denomination." The question right now is whether you're going to the White House first.
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 30th, 2007 0 Comments Tags: gravel, kucinich, youtube.
The candidates are finally taking questions on YouTube and answering them directly. That's the good news. The bad news is that they go after the softballs. All they're really doing is going to look for the questions they wish they'd been asked. Here's Mike Gravel on Iraq: And here's Dennis Kucinich, again, on impeachment:
Imagine if we'd had video cameras in the '60s (OK, I'm speaking as someone who was old enough to be around in the '60s; caught me). I wish old activist Tom Hayden had speculated what he could have done. Instead, he waxes philosophical about the power of the camera in politics. Sound bite: "Everyone should have a camera.... You can't really confront power with a camera. But you can expose power. You can disconnect power from its authority by showing how power is wielded. So there is potential democratizing of society if you have nonconformists with video cameras."
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 29th, 2007 20 Comments Tags: internet, romney.
Mitt Romney, who continues to believe that our children are swimming in a cesspool of perversion, now proposes that every computer sold in America should be sold with a filter on it to trap pornography that parents could turn on. How he would make that magic clean-your-mouth-out-with-soap button work is beyond me. Romney continues to be befuddled by the internet. He also confused MySpace and YouTube:
"YouTube is a website that allows kids to network with one another and make friends and contact each other," Romney explained. "YouTube looked to see if they had any convicted sex offenders on their web site. They had 29,000." Actually, YouTube is the popular site that allows Internet users to upload and watch a variety of videos. The web site, which is owned by search-engine behemoth Google, also was a co-sponsor of the Democratic presidential debate held on Monday night. The web site MySpace is the one to which Romney actually was referring. MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said this week it had found 29,000 registered sex offenders who had submitted profiles to its site and removed them.The GOP is turning out to be not only scared of the internet but clueless about it. Log on and come on in, boys. The water's fine.
Published by Peter Hauck July 29th, 2007 0 Comments Tags: edwards, race, taxes.
Fresh off his Poverty Tour, John Edwards resumes his Populist Tour. Special Interests At a house party in Nashua, NH, John Edwards beats the drum against “powerful interests” in Washington, DC. Sound Bite: “The entire system is rigged and it’s rigged against you. There should be no doubt about that.” Capital Gains Tax Rich people don’t pay their “fair share” says John Edwards, so he proposes raising the capital gains tax from 15% to 28% for those making over $250,000 a year. Sound Bite: “Right now, the middle class is carrying the tax burden in this country.” Affirmative Action Edwards lays out his positions on affirmative action and education at the Urban League Democratic Candidates Forum in St. Louis on July 27. Sound Bite: “We ought to have students going both ways -- both from the inner city to suburban schools and back the other way.”
Legendary music man Quincy Jones “would go to the ends of the earth for” Hillary Clinton, so providing this endorsement video must have been like blowing a B-flat on his trumpet. (You wish Q had laid a soundtrack under his bit.) Sound Bite: “Global gumbo is what it’s about now.”
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 29th, 2007 0 Comments Tags: cnn, debates, giuliani, romney, youtube.
Kit Seeyle at the NY Times blogs that the GOP YouTube debate may be moved to a new date because Giuliani and Romney complain that they have fundraising conflicts. And, no doubt, because of the uproar their finking out was causing. And by the way, if it's fundraising you care about, paying respect to the internet would pay back more than a hundred chicken dinners. LATER: The Washington Post's blogs now report that Romney might decide to participate. I bet the YouTube debate will happen with most or all of the candidates. They tried to back out but that just didn't work; it made them look like wimps. And now they're on the record with their trepidation about the network, the format, the videos all so they can continue to blame someone else if they don't come off well talking with the people.
Published by Peter Hauck July 27th, 2007 0 Comments Tags: clinton, debates, giuliani, healthcare, obama, youtube.
Hey CNN/YouTube! What About My Question? Rob Hyatt from Atlanta was disappointed that a snowman’s question was included in the debate but his wasn’t. Here’s Rob’s well-produced query about healthcare: Drive Time Just catching up (thanks to Kareem) with this series of ads from abrad2345. An obvious but sometimes humorous and well-performed caricature of a pissed-off white guy who, while driving around, spritzes about the Republican presidential candidates and the issues of the day. The end credits display the Giuliani campaign’s web address. Whoa! Somebody sure doesn’t like Rudy. This clip is called Rudy Giuliani - Because we can't all be firefighters. More on this from ABC News. Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Here’s an ad from an Obama supporter who asks “Would having 28 years of Bush-Clinton equal change?”
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 27th, 2007 2 Comments Tags: cnn, debates, republicans, youtube.
Michele Malkin breaks from the emerging party line on the YouTube/CNN debate and tells her Republicans to buck up and not slink away.
Sound Screen bite: "...don't run away from the CNN/YouTube debate like the Democrats ran away from Fox."
And here's David All telling the Republicans to suck up their guts and go:
Published by Jeff Jarvis July 27th, 2007 4 Comments Tags: cnn, debates, republicans, youtube.
The Republicans are, I believe, making a gigantic mistake in running away, scared, from the internet. They're running away from voters -- and their money. The latest indication of their fear of the internet is their attempt to fink out on the YouTube/CNN Republican debate. The party line -- as we see from Rush and others -- is that YouTube is somehow biased. That's absurd. That would be like the Democrats saying that mail is biased because the Republicans made the first, best use of it. If internet video is biased it is a damned bad sign for the right and mighty strange considering the leading work done in the medium by the conservatives in the UK, France, and Germany. Hugh Hewitt frets that listening to YouTube will open up Republicans to cheap shots. That's merely convenient paranoia. They're looking for excuses to stay away from this dance. The Republicans are scared of the internet. They are scared of us. Giuliani has, as this blog as pointed out frequently, run away from the internet and interacting with voters there at every opportunity: It shows in his pathetic internet fundraising. Patrick Ruffini, former Giuliani internet guy (we can see why that's former) frets that the Republicans will be outraised by $100 million because of this attitude. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is sniffing snottily at the quality of the questions on YouTube... from citizens. John McCain has been stiff and scared in his videos. Sam Brownback has hardly made any videos and the ones he has made are as stiff as a Kansas silo. The entire party has left the internet to Ron Paul. And he has taken it and run. In the end, this is not only short-sighted tactically but also essentially insulting to the American people. We are on the internt. Come talk with us. What, you're too scared to? Big, tough terrorists don't scare you but we do? Come on, boys, we don't bite. But we do vote.
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MORE: The Republicans can't escape us. Remember that ABC News is going to use video questions from the people.
Earlier posts about Rudy's digiphobia here, here, here.
Andrew Sullivan echoes the sentiment here. This is Josh Marshall's take. Here's Ana Marie Cox' reporting.
* YET MORE: TechPresidents looks at the data and finds that YouTube is more Republican than Democrat:
According to comScore, YouTube actually attracts more Republicans than Democrats. Specifically, there are 3.3 million self-identified Republicans on the user-generated video site versus 3.1 million Democrats. (An addition 5 million consider themselves independent.) Digging a bit deeper, it seems like Democrats have a bit more free time on their hands. Whereas Republicans spend an average of 13 minutes on the site each time they visit, Democrats rack up an average of 20 minutes. No matter which way you splice it, YouTube is clearly an important medium among Republican and Democratic voters and the perception that YouTube is a liberal haven simply isn’t true. Coupled with new data showing that more than half of all Facebook users are not currently enrolled in college, I hereby officially declare the death of conventional wisdom.Yes, and according to my calculations, 87.8 percent of Republican YouTubers are making Ron Paul videos.
Not-yet-declared-candidate Fred Thompson gets a taste of the rough-and-tumble of presidential campaigning when the Houston 9/11 Truth folks get the bum’s rush during a Hobby Airport press conference on July 25.