There is no doubt about the rigging of the coming presidential and vice presidential debates. Bring on the Gingrich Debating Offense. Martha Raddatz, billed as a “war correspondent” is a moderator. She was married to Julius Grenachowski, a former FCC Chairman, who has connections with another former FCC Chairman, Democrat Nelson Minow who is on the Board of Directors. Richard Parsons, also on the Board is said to be a “long standing friend” of Barack Obama. (See a solution to this problem below).
When you look at the Democrat tilt on the Presidential Debate Commission, we find 10 Democrats and 3 Republicans (probably 11 Democrats) – significant anyway you look at it, and I didn’t count the ‘dead people.’ Executive Director, Janet H. Brown, is a former “White House official.” I haven’t found which White House she ‘officiated.’ She is left out of the tally.
The Commission on Presidential Debates show that Honorary Co-Chairmen are four past presidents:
● Gerald Ford, Republican – deceased
● Jimmy Carter, Democrat – alive and kicking
● Ronald Reagan, Republican – deceased
● Bill Clinton, Democrat – alive and kicking.
● The Honorary Co-Chair Emeritus is Democrat Paul G. Kirk, Jr. who was in the US Senate until 2010 after the Massachusetts Governor appointed him to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat after his death. Scott Brown won the seat in the next election. Kirk and was the 39th DNC Chairman and a DNC former Treasurer.
Things are a bit lopsided in the “Honorary” department and elsewhere.
Republican Co-Chair Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. has 23,400 search engine entries. Michael D. McCurry has 241,000 entries, which explains why I seldom see Fahrenkopf’s name connected to anything.
● Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Republican and former RNC chair
● Michael D. McCurry, Democrat, former Bill Clinton Press Secretary.
Board of Directors:
● Howard Buffett, Warren’s oldest son [Democrat]
● Reverend John I. Jenkins, [Democrat] President of Notre Dame, picked by Mike McCurry because of “his advocacy for civil discourse and his “standing as a moral philosopher,”
● Antonia Hernandez [Democrat] is a civil rights activist and lawyer. She drafted the Refugee Act of 1980 and the president of California Community Foundation. She is fighting against Arizona’s Immigration Law.
● Newton M. Minow, Democrat and former head of the Federal Communications Commission. Martha Raddatz’ ex-husband Julius Grenachowski is also a former FCC Commissioner.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and former FCC Chair Newt Minow met to discuss the state of the media on Monday (May 9) in Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary of Minow’s famous “Vast Wasteland” speech. Source: Current.org, May 10, 2011
Richard Parsons, a former chief of Citigroup and a long-standing friend of Obama, and John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame who invited Obama to speak at the university in 2009 despite a firestorm of criticism from orthodox Catholics. Source Daily Caller
● Dorothy Ridings, [Democrat], former President of the League of Women Voters.
Dorothy Ridings, president of the progressive-leaning Council on Foundations Source: Daily Caller
● Alan K. Simpson, Republican, former US Senator, currently a co-chair with Democrat Erskine Bowles of Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Financial Reform
● Reverend John C. Danforth, Republican, former US Ambassador to the UN under G.W. Bush
The “Mission” of The Commission of Presidential Debates:
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan , 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Source
A Cal Thomas column suggested a few ways to repair the obvious viper pit of moderators, despite the overwhelming number of Democrats on the Commission, but it’s too late now. My favorites follow:
Allow each candidate to pick one panelist to question the other candidate. Obama might pick Rachel Maddow or someone else from liberal land to question Romney. Romney might select Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin or someone from Fox News to ask questions of Obama. Any of these would generate serious interest and boost ratings.
Put a “loser” on the panel. Let Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum ask questions. Losers in previous Democratic primaries might be selected, too. Hillary Clinton would be fun.
As for questions a moderator never asks, he (or she) might try these: What should government do less and we the people do more? What do you see as the constitutional limitations of government?
The tired “debate” format devised in 1960 for the televised Nixon-Kennedy meeting and made worse in the 1970s needs serious updating. Everything else has advanced. So should these political face-offs.