"Nothing seems to motivate the mainstream campaign press into challenging the two Party duopoly, its definition of important questions, or the rancid corporate sponsorship of the debates down to the hospitality parties the corporatists hold at the debate locations in Colorado, New York and Florida this October. The reporters must like the free wine and food."
Self-censorship is policy. Rules of engagement exclude truth and real debate. Media scoundrels have their own rules, said Nader. "(A)void pressing questions".beyond what (both) major candidates are" discussing.
"(I)gnore what major civic groups or (others) with credible track records propose for the candidates to address."
Exclude what matters most to ordinary people. Vital issues include war and peace, corporate empowerment, crime in the suites, political corruption, public education, worker rights, health and safety, clean air and water, safe affordable food and energy, environmental protection, equity and justice, and government of, by, and for everyone.
The nation's "foremost expert on the politics of presidential debates - George Farah, author of No Debate" can't get on TV, corporate radio, NPR or PBS. Anyone able to explain electoral realities is excluded. So are legitimate independent voices on all major issues.
Nader said Walter Cronkite and the League of Women Voters once called CPD-controlled debates "unconscionable fraud," "mockery," and "charades devoid of substance, spontaneity, and honest answers to tough questions."
On October 3, 16, and 22, media scoundrels were chosen to run cover for debate theatrics as hosts. PBS News Hour's Jim Lehrer, CNN's Candy Crowley, and CBS chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer lack credibility.
So does ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz. She'll host the October 11 vice presidential debate.
Expect no surprises. Hosts are prescripted, well-prepared, and rehearsed like candidates. Nothing is left to chance.
Political doublespeak, demagoguery, ritualistic babble, and catchy one-liners are planned. They insult more than edify. Truth and full disclosure are prohibited.
What matters most has no seat at the table. It's always been that way. Money power and television rules made things worse. They further corrupted an illegitimate process too dysfunctional to fix.
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