No Debate: How the Two Major Parties Secretly Ruin the Presidential Debates

No Debate: How the Two Major Parties Secretly Ruin the Presidential Debates

by George Farah
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1583226303

ISBN-13: 9781583226308

Pub. Date: 03/24/2004

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

Broadcast to tens of millions of Americans, the presidential debates are the Super Bowl of politics. A good performance before the cameras can vault a contender to the front of the pack, while a gaffe spells national embarrassment and can savage a candidacy. The slim margin for error has led the two major parties to seek—and achieve, under the aegis of the

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Broadcast to tens of millions of Americans, the presidential debates are the Super Bowl of politics. A good performance before the cameras can vault a contender to the front of the pack, while a gaffe spells national embarrassment and can savage a candidacy. The slim margin for error has led the two major parties to seek—and achieve, under the aegis of the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates—tight control through scripting, severe time limits, and the exclusion of third-party candidates. In No Debate, author and lobbyist George Farah argues that these staged recitations make a mockery of free and fair presidential elections.

With urgency and clarity, this book reviews the history of presidential debates, the impact of the debates since the advent of television, the role of the League of Women Voters, the antidemocratic activity of the CPD, and the specific ways that the Republicans and Democrats collude to remove all spontaneity from the debates themselves. The author presents the complete text of a previously unreleased secret document between the Republicans and Democrats that reveals the degree to which the two parties—not the CPD—dictate the terms of the debates. In the final chapter, Farah lays out a compelling strategy for restoring the presidential debates as a nonpartisan, unscripted, public events that help citizens—not corporations or campaign managers—decide who is going to run the White House.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583226308
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
03/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Cartoonsvi
Acknowledgmentsvii
1Debate Cartel1
2Hostile Takeover23
3Candidate Exclusion39
4Stilted Formats75
5The 15 Percent Fiction97
6Issue Exclusion125
7Failed Restitution140
8Citizens' Debate Commission155
Conclusion173
Appendix A1996 Memorandum of Understanding176
Appendix BJoint Press Release from the Democratic and Republican National Committees191
Notes194
Index213
About the Author224
About the Open Debates224

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