You’re not going to see any third party voices in tonight’s debate. The Republican, Democratic parties, who exert near absolute control over these public forums, have determined and made sure that no third party voices are ever seen on the debate stage and can challenge their dominance of our political system.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Although this broadcast is from October, 2008, and the political layers are different than present, it presents many issues, problems, concerns, and solutions that are as valid today as they were then.
(October 2, 2008) The Obama and McCain campaigns jointly negotiated a detailed secret contract dictating the terms of all the 2008 debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates. We speak to Open Debates founder and executive director George Farah. [includes rush transcript]
Guest: George Farah, executive director and founder of Open Debates. He is the author of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.