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No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates

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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 Commi ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Seven Stories Press
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Hana
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In case you were wondering....yes, it's all rigged. In the particular case of the televised presidential debates discussed in this short book, the rigging is done in a thoroughly bipartisan manner by the Commission on Presidential Debates in cooperation with the Republican and Democratic party elites and the two party candidates. The debates are specifically designed to exclude third party candidates. Everything from the background colors on stage to the format to the scope of the questions and ...more
Edmund
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Very thorough, even-tempered, academic treatment of the cynical, democracy-thwarting BIpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

The CPD was created in 1988 to replace presidential debate sponsorship from the NONpartisan League of Women Voters. Their stated mission was to institutionalize the debates (which the League had already begun to accomplish) and to support the two-party system. The latter goal, at then expense of voters and democracy itself, has largely been achieved, as it agrees to
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Jeff
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: voters
A terrific in-depth examination of how the Presidential Debate process has been hijacked by the Democrat and Republican Parties in concert with a dubious organization known as the Commission on Presidential Debates. The CPD organized a hostile takeover of the televised debates from the League of Women Voters in 1988. Founded by ex-Democrat and ex-Republican party leaders, the CPD has effectively killed vibrant, participatory, educational discourse during our elections. I won't go into too much d ...more
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