Update: Sorry I wasn’t clued into this sooner, but I just found the video online at MSNBC – Click here if you want to watch it.
A properly pissed off birdie forwarded me NBC News’ restrictions on tonight’s presidential debates, which are many and lead off with this: “internet use is not permitted.”
I think that’s ridiculous and so I sought to find out why they would do this. I called Joe Alicastro, producer of the debate for MSNBC, who was on site. I asked him why they were restricting use of the material on the internet. He twice didn’t answer and said “that’s our policy.” I said I know that’s their policy. I asked why. He would not answer.
I asked whether he thought the Amerian people had a right to this debate since it is our election. He said that “the American people have ample opportunity to view the debate on MCNBC and two North Carolina stations.”
Shameful. What makes NBC think it has the right to own the democratic discussion in this country?
The debate was on MSNBC and two North Carolina stations. I realize the majority of people in the United States have cable. However, I’m not one of them — so I was left no way to see the debate, which I would have very much liked to watch.
I don’t get it. Political debates should be broadcast in as many mediums as possible so that everyone can educate themselves on where the future leaders of this country stand on the real issues. Further, wouldn’t you think television networks would want to make some further ad renevue by broadcasting the debate online and selling ads? Oh well, media outlets that don’t start embracing new media are going to suffer as businesses. Consumers expect to consume their media where they want, when they want.