For going to this much effort to try to keep Kucinich from even debating on their network tonight. Kudos to Kucinich for fighting it. This sort of thing makes me furious. There's nothing to say except, who the fuck does Chuck Todd think he is?
One of the excuses they're using is that NBC Universal is a "privately-held corporation." The airwaves belong to the people and are regulated by the FCC. Period. Let the candidates debate. Give them more time. Less time to Brittany Spears (Associated Press, this means you) and more time to truly progressive voices.
There's really no excuse for limiting debate except that the television geniuses on MSNBC think they should decide whose views are heard by the voters. Maybe Kucinich would be getting a bigger portion of the progressive vote if the news media wouldn't work so hard to silence him.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.