Dear ABC News:
I am a concerned citizen writing an open letter to you and the public, to remind you that it’s time for you to wake up and smell the business losses. There is a reason why people are increasingly turning to alternative news media, and it’s time for you to rethink your policies.
A) To exclude Any Candidate from the Presidential Debates is to confess your intention to underwrite American policy and to attempt to steal the election. This is a crime against the Constitution and the American people. I will put it in no softer terms than that.
It also is an unprecedented, unashamed attack on free speech. It weighs equally in the balance as an attack on free choice on the part of the American people, to choose their own favored President instead of your choice for us/them.
B) It so happens that Kucinich, who you excluded from tonight’s presidential debates (1-5-08), is the one Candidate who put impeachment back on the table. He and others who you discriminated against (such as Ron Paul) not only voted against the rise of the police state (Patriot Act), but also oppose a war declared based on criminal lies. Kucinich sought and got healthcare for the Vets when Congress was neglecting them, and contrary to the lies of the polls Kucinich is winning as much as 77% of the Democratic votes in independent polls.
Your attempt to assist the stealing of the election from the Democrats and the individual censored Candidates could not be any more clear. Your partisan bias could not be any more clear. Your agenda for war and against civil liberties is spelled out almost in stone.
Oh, and where were Gravel and Hunter during this debate? They sure weren't included by ABC "news" .
C) The reporters you rounded up to write about the campaigns of the Republican Candidates covered only four out of the six Candidates. The two Republican Candidates for whom you provided zero reporter coverage were Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.
During the entire Republican debate, the very ethical and humanely concerned Ron Paul was always asked every question last of all, and given the least amount of floor time. Your very bad judgment mistake in ostracizing those among the most ethical of all the Candidates is a bad reflection on your news entity, and is a confession of your true intentions.
The fact that your reporters covering the individual Candidacies were more of a cheer-leading team than neutral, unbiased sources of information, proves ABC to be a non-credible source of news.
D) The question you asked of the Republican Candidates which amounted to how they each could tear Obama down, is tacky, malicious and biased. I retired early so I do not know if you did the same thing during the Democratic debates: Let me assure you that I would say the same had you done that mud-slinging to a Republican Candidate.
E) Your presentation about the smuggling of nuclear devices into American ports shows you to be pro-fear and pro-war. We Americans are tired of being played like a fiddle, and especially to the tune of fear, fear, fear. Bad choice, ABC.
Are you funded by Haliburton? Do you have a pro-war agenda? Once again your credibility comes up for question, based on this presentation as followed by your querying of Democratic Candidates about their “Strong on Terror” positions. Are you playing into the typically Republican tactic of portraying Democrats as “Soft on Terror” ?
F) Any time any Candidate, of any partisanship, said anything negative---and true----about Bush or Cheney or the Administration and its policies, they were interrupted. Once again your partisan politics are obvious, and your credibility as a source of unbiased news is no longer even up for question. It is gone, in a puff of smoke.
G) Last but not least, during the Republican debates all Candidates except two---the two dignified and professional men (Romney, Paul) who you chose not to have reporters cover and whom you tried your best to leave out of the debate---behaved like a dysfunctional family of young children. Interruptions and put-downs abounded, to the extent that one could barely catch any thread of conversation, and your Master of Ceremonies participated in that dynamic a-plenty. It was a turn-off and very unprofessional: Does that build your credibility?
How dare ABC pick the next President for us, considering all that is on the line?