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It shouldn't matter if you support any of these candidates. Disney's ABC network is acting in an anti-democratic, anti-American way. We must send them a message.

Disney has contributed to four Dem candidates. Disney's ABC network is only allowing those four Dem candidates to participate in the New Hampshire debate and disallowing the participation of Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel, and on the Republican side, is excluding Duncan Hunter.

Who the hell is Disney/ABC to tell American voters who they should listen to? They had threatened to exclude Ron Paul, but apparently, he met their arbitrary performance criteria in Iowa. Back in 1992, Bill Clinton only pulled 3% in Iowa. I wonder if they would have excluded him from a New Hampshire debate, given their current attitude. This is taking media interference in the election process to an intolerable, obscene new level.

How do you spell a-d-v-e-r-t-i-s-e-r b-o-y-c-o-t-t?

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Recently, Ron Paul supporters were encouraged to sell their stock in Fox News Corp (Paul Supporters Fight Back-- Dump Fox News).  How effective we could be if only we were sitting on vast hordes of Disney stock!

Until recently, corporations were legally forbidden from influencing elections in any way. Only a few years ago, the FCC had a mandate to regulate.

This move by ABC is not the first. NBC blocked Mike Gravel from their Philadelphia debate. But this is the worst case yet. It should not be allowed to stand.

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AP reports,

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC on Friday after ABC News excluded him, fellow Democrat Mike Gravel and Republican Duncan Hunter from its prime-time debates on Saturday.

Kucinich argued that ABC is violating equal-time provisions by keeping him out of the debate and noted that ABC's parent Walt Disney Co. had contributed to campaigns involving the four Democrats who were invited.

"ABC should not be the first primary," the Ohio congressman said in papers filed at the Federal Communications Commission.

The AP article also reported ABC's rationale.

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The network set rules to narrow the field. Candidates had to meet at least one of three criteria: place first through fourth in Iowa, poll 5 percent or higher in one of the last four major New Hampshire surveys, or poll 5 percent or higher in one of the last four major national surveys.

Disney/ABC has no right to set these arbitrary criteria. If Dodd and Biden had not withdrawn from the race, ABC could have been rejecting five legitimate candidates.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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