At the DNC
Full text of the 35 Articles of Impeachment Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced against Bush. PDF
The first five minutes of a five hour presentation. The news media virtually ignored this historic event.
Last night in Jay Leno’s audience, two people stood up and protested the exclusion of Dennis Kucinich from the NBC debate, pointing out that GE is NBC’s owner. Earlier that day NBC challenged in the Nevada Supreme Court a judge’s decision that they had broken a contract in excluding Kucinich after initially inviting him. (Corporate policy, as the best way to serve American Democracy?) As pointed out on the Randi Rhodes show today: NBC’s local affiliate in Nevada blacked out the debate. This to possibly avoid FCC violations, as well as deny free air access to potential Nevada Democratic voters. Yikes!
I initially heard the clips from Leno’s show this morning on Howard Stern. The voices were fairly audible but Stern, a union member and a WGA strike supporter, thought the shouts were about the strike. Robin Quivers, the laughing, sometimes voice-of-reason on the show, discerned that it didn’t concern the strike. Leno’s guest, Bill Maher, should be politically savvy enough to know what they were talking about, but his basic retort was that they are “bat—- crazy.” Maher is a WGA member and purported liberal and smart guy. His show, like Leno’s, is back on the air supposedly without the help of writers. He claims to be using old stand-up material and stuff off the top of his head. He does get off some sharp criticism of bush in the YouTube clip below:
I am in support of the WGA strike and their demands but it is strange that it does somewhat hamper the few voices of dissent in the media (The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Bill Maher). And the ability to keep them stifled during our current political process is within corporate hands.
LAS VEGAS â€“ A lower court order that Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich be included in a MSNBC candidate debate Tuesday was tossed out a few hours before the debate by the Nevada Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court’s unanimous order said that blocking the debate unless Kucinich got to participate would be â€œan unconstitutional prior restraintâ€ on the news network’s First Amendment rights.
According to Tom Curry, National affairs writer for msnbc.com: “In Las Vegas, Democratic presidential contenders Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, John Edwards and Rep. Dennis Kucinich meet for a televised two-hour skirmish which will air on MSNBC TV and msnbc.com, starting at 9pm ET.” This is in BuzzFlash.
On Randi Rhodes today: Michigan Democratic ballots tomorrow have a space for write-in votes, but if you put the name of your candidate in the space, it invalidates the ballot. Crazy! The only candidates you can check off are Hillary, Gravell, or Kucinich. Here’s hoping progressive voters in Michigan cast their vote for the only Democratic candidate of the three who has opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning. Vote Dennis Kucinich.
When Michigan lawmakers decided last summer to move the state’s presidential primary to Jan. 15, the intent was to make Michigan as important as Iowa or New Hampshire in the national campaign cycle.
Instead, the move seems to have created maximum hassle and expense with minimal benefit.
Randi Rhodes is often as funny as Howard Stern. A C-span junkie, she knows as much about Politics as Howard knows about Dancing with the Stars. Howard is consistently hilarious. He’ll vote for either Hillary or Rudy. How’s that for high comedy.
Less than 44 hours after NBC sent a congratulatory note and an invitation to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to participate in the Jan. 15 Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, the network notified the campaign this morning it was changing its announced criteria, rescinding its invitation, and excluding Kucinich from the debate.
NBC Political Director Chuck Todd notified the Kucinich campaign this morning that, although Kucinich had met the qualification criteria publicly announced on December 28, the network was “re-doing” the criteria, excluding Kucinich, and planning to invite only Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former senator John Edwards.
The criteria announced last month included a fourth-place or better showing in a national poll. The USA/Gallup poll earlier this month showed Kucinich in fourth place among the Democratic contenders.
NBC Rewrites its Own Rules to Prevent America from Hearing Kucinich -Alternet