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Ready For a Military Draft?

Keith Olbermann and Jon Soltz of VoteVets.org discussed Senator John McCain’s position on the draft. It seems that McCain has supported a draft for some time. His staff released a statement that seems to be at odds with what the candidate has stated.

If you want to settle every conflict with military intervention then you will need to have a draft. Since McCain doesn’t seem to believe in diplomacy, then we will need to have a big military if he is elected.

By |2008-08-22T01:07:01-04:00August 22nd, 2008|Countdown, Election 2008, Military|Comments Off on Ready For a Military Draft?

Journalists Complain About Debate on ABC

From the Nation:

We, the undersigned, deplore the conduct of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson at the Democratic Presidential debate on April 16. The debate was a revolting descent into tabloid journalism and a gross disservice to Americans concerned about the great issues facing the nation and the world. This is not the first Democratic or Republican presidential debate to emphasize gotcha questions over real discussion. However, it is, so far, the worst.

For 53 minutes, we heard no question about public policy from either moderator. ABC seemed less interested in provoking serious discussion than in trying to generate cheap shot sound-bites for later rebroadcast. The questions asked by Mr. Stephanopoulos and Mr. Gibson were a disgrace, and the subsequent attempts to justify them by claiming that they reflect citizens’ interest are an insult to the intelligence of those citizens and ABC’s viewers. Many thousands of those viewers have already written to ABC to express their outrage.

The moderators’ occasional later forays into substance were nearly as bad. Mr. Gibson’s claim that the government can raise revenues by cutting capital gains tax is grossly at odds with what taxation experts believe. Both candidates tried, repeatedly, to bring debate back to the real problems faced by ordinary Americans. Neither moderator allowed them to do this. (more…)

By |2008-04-18T12:55:16-04:00April 18th, 2008|Election 2008, Media|Comments Off on Journalists Complain About Debate on ABC
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