In a desperate bid to get some publicity - any publicity at all - new Air America Radio brother-of-owner Mark Green has thrown down the velvet gauntlet to the Republican contenders for president: hold a debate on Air America!
...it would allow Republicans to differentiate themselves from Democrats – embracing a debate hosted by a progressive media outlet after Nevada Democrats canceled a debate scheduled to be hosted by the conservative Fox Cable News Channel. The MoveOn organization spurred 265,000 people to complain about the original plan, calling Fox a "mouthpiece for the Republican Party." In reply, Fox's Mort Kondracke called the Nevada Democratic Party's rejection of Fox a "Stalinist" violation of "free speech and free debate." So should you accept Air America's offer, Republicans would both embrace free debate and stick it to Stalin at the same time... We would be honored not only to co-host such an event; but also to broadcast it live without commercial interruption on the day that you choose.
The first problem is that, outside of a few cows fifty miles outside San Antonio and Chicago, no one would be able to hear the debate. They might as well hold it in a school auditorium in Minot, South Dakota. And, on a serious note, most of the questions will be smears: remember that AAR and/or the Young Turks briefly employed Mike Stark. Do we really want to hear him or Randi Rhodes screechingly ask someone when they stopped beating their wife? Those questions that aren't smears won't be tough questions that could reveal logical gaps in the candidates' thinking (on immigration matters, for instance).
Posted in Meta at March 13, 2007 10:26 AM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.