Des Moines Register manipulates Democratic Debate.

Serious Questions Raised About Des Moines Register Presidential Debate

DES MOINES, IA - Serious new questions are being raised today about the decision by the Des Moines Register to exclude Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich from today's Democratic Presidential debate, especially after the newspaper's inclusion of non-candidate Alan Keyes in yesterday's Republican debate.

In an "explanation" sent to the Kucinich campaign on Tuesday, the newspaper said the Congressman was not invited to participate because "It was our determination that a person working out of his home did not meet our criteria for a campaign office and full-time paid staff in Iowa." The reference was to Kucinich's full-time Iowa field director who coordinates statewide activities from a home office in Dubuque, Iowa.

At the same time, while the Register is claiming publicly that Kucinich "did not meet our criteria," it is currently featuring newspaper-produced videos of Kucinich with the other recognized Presidential candidates on its You Tube pages. The videos were shot a few months ago by the newspaper, and the segments, each dealing with responses to top campaign issues, have been on the Des Moines Register You Tube site since last month.

Only one "candidate" is not included among the videos: Alan Keyes.  "If Congressman Kucinich was a 'qualified candidate' a few weeks ago when the Des Moines Register posted these videos, how did he become 'unqualified' just a few days ago?" the Kucinich campaign asked in a written statement. "Instead of imposing a poll or requiring proof of land ownership to participate in the democratic process, the Des Moines Register has established a brand new (and selectively applied) requirement:    renting commercial real estate!"

It is very unlikely Republican Alan Keyes has a full-time staff in Iowa or an official commercial office in Iowa. "That's a question that Register Editor Carolyn Washburn will have to answer," said the Kucinich campaign.

What is clear, the Kucinich campaign said, is, "The Des Moines Register, for reasons known only to its top executives, has excluded the candidate who swept 47 of 50 states in the Democracy for America (DFA) poll, topped all other Democrats in the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) poll, and was the runaway winner in a poll by one of the nation's leading political publications,   "The Nation".   His national poll numbers are higher than senators Biden and Dodd - who were deemed 'qualified' by the newspaper - virtually tied with Governor Richardson in some polls, and only a few points behind former Senator Edwards in other polls.

"If the Register based its decision on the fact that this campaign hasn't bought ads in the newspaper, or because its insurance advertisers don't want the public to hear about the Congressman's universal, not-for-profit health insurance plan, or because his positions on Iraq, Iran, impeachment, the Patriot Act, NAFTA, or any other issue may make the other candidates or the newspaper's editor uncomfortable, then they should be honest enough to admit that.

"Setting arbitrary Iowa-specific criteria for a debate that will be broadcast all across the nation and around the world is a ruse and a fraud.

It is a disservice to the people of Iowa, to voters everywhere, and to the spirit of democracy. The Des Moines Register has imposed itself as the ultimate arbiter of who should be heard, what should be heard, and what is important. This is a disgraceful display of elitist arrogance and journalistic manipulation of the democratic process."

There is no justification for this at all.
Whether you support Kucinich or not, this is not a democratic process here or even an honest one of any kind.
We might expect this kind of heavy-handed rigging in a Country like China, or for elections held in Saudi Arabia,
but for The United States?   Our United States?

This is simply a lynching of the only true progressive candidate in the Democratic race, and censorship of the one candidate that has told the truth consistently about American Foreign Policy, NAFTA, HealthCare, and other vital issues hurting Americans, and who speaks real truth rather than Washington-propaganda and Washington-spoon-fed lies & myths.

Well, at least we know now just how to get back at the Establishment, and what makes them uncomfortable.
Vote Dennis Kucinich!

The brilliant First Lady Elizabeth Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich and Ani DiFranco

Tags: corruption, Debate, Des Moines register, exclusion, Fraud (all tags)



I'm rec'ing this

Because there is no way in hell Alan "Supreme Wingnut Nutjob" should be allowed in (he claimed that he had 100 staff in Iowa), and Kucinich should be left out.

by Michael 4 Edwards 2007-12-13 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Des Moines Register manipulates Democratic Deb

Agreed--the Menace got shafted. He's a voice that should be heard. Our shitty system needs to change.

by david mizner 2007-12-13 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Des Moines Register manipulates Democratic Deb

I am enthused to learn that you guys (by which I mean, the only real progressives) now have another axe you can grind for the next four years.

I thought Kucinich had a strong performance in the Las Vegas debate.  I would have loved to see him included in this one.  That said, I do not personally harbor the illusion that the Kucinich Express would have taken off nationwide but for his exclusion from this one debate.

by Steve M 2007-12-13 01:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Des Moines Register

I think they should have had only the top 3 for this last debate from averaging poll data.

by bruh21 2007-12-13 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Des Moines Register manipulates Democratic Deb

i "like" the munchkin.

we helped him in dc in his first race but he CANT keep running every 4 years!


this time?

by Seymour Glass 2007-12-13 01:19PM | 0 recs
You are a Ron Paul supporter

You should post on a site that supports Republicans.

As for kookcinich, he has no field office and no staffers in Iowa.  He doesn't have a campaign.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-13 02:37PM | 0 recs
dpANDREWS is a Liar and a fool

If dpANDREWS had any valid point, he would not then have to just make up stuff out of whole cloth, would he?  
All he proves here is that he has nothing to contribute at all.

Now the Facts:   Dennis Kucinich does in fact have a full-time Iowa Field Director and State coordinator, Marcos Rubinstein, with an Iowa office located in Dubuque, Iowa.

Anyone who continually just smears Dennis Kucinich and calls him kookcinich   [ the man who offers non-profit Health Care for all, speaks the truth about Foreign Policy, offers an end to the phony American Empire that is bankrupting our Country, an end to the illegal Occupation & violence, an end to the U.S. Bases and Oil profiteering, holding Bush & Cheney accountable to law, Energy Independence and a green economy, ]   is just an enemy of progressive thought and progressive policies - in the mold of Sean Hannity.

More Facts:    Kucinich won 47 of 50 states in the Democracy for America (DFA) poll, topped all other Democrats in the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) poll, and was the runaway winner in a poll by one of the nation's leading political publications,   "The Nation".   His national poll numbers are higher than senators Biden and Dodd, and virtually tied with Governor Richardson in many polls.

As far as Ron Paul, he is an important, independent truth-teller about American Foreign Policy, the erosion of our Civil Liberties, our corrupt and unconstitutional Central Bank controlled monetary system (since 1913), the bankruptcy of the United States, and the internal corruption of most all government departments and agencies. He deserves tremendous credit for raising issues important to our survival as a Democracy, and our survival in terms of our standard-of-living, that other candidates have no clue about (or don't want to address).

But I guess truth-telling is offensive to status-quo beholden flacks like dpANDREWS. dpANDREWS comments and attitude only just proves that he is happily bound and gagged to the corrupt status-quo Neocon Warfare & propaganda State so much that he can only reguritate feeble cheapshots right out of the Sean Hannity right-wing playbook.

Truly pathetic!
People like you are the reason why this Country is so messed up.

"dpANDREWS is grotesque,   give me a real man like Dennis Kucinich"
         -Elizabeth Kucinich

by DerekLarsson 2007-12-14 08:59AM | 0 recs


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