Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The CNN political team chooses the videos, not you.

Marty Kaplan points out "the game that CNN is really playing" in his article The CNN/RubeTube Debate, "The notion that the CNN-YouTube debate represents a grass-roots triumph of the internet age is laughable."

"For all the talk about online voter empowerment, the web is still too immature a medium to set an agenda for a national debate, says CNN senior vice president David Bohrman.

"If you would have taken the most-viewed questions last time, the top question would have been whether Arnold Schwarzenegger was a cyborg sent to save the planet Earth," says Bohrman, the debate's executive producer. "The second-most-viewed video question was: Will you a convene a national meeting on UFOs?" - CNN-YouTube Debate Producer Doubts the Wisdom of the Crowd

Look at, they let people vote and the top ten questions the people picked were not "crazy."

SEE VIDEO: The CNN political team chooses the videos, not you.

It is a disgrace that CNN picks the videos! This is the kind of question they don't want asked

Bohrman's comments about most watched are disingenuous, the videos selected should be the ones voted on, not most watched. For God sakes, I have to watch a video before I can decide if it should be asked in the debate. Bohrman is making up excuses.

This is a question that should be asked!

CNN/YouTube Republican Debate: Giuliani 9/11 Question Giuliani claims, "American foreign policy had nothing to do with the September 11th. September 11th happened because these people who hate us, hate us because of the freedoms that we have." Giuliani is lying to us. see my question. Think Bohrman would allow this to be asked?


Anonymous said...

I agree that if given the opportunity to select questions (vote on them) that the public would indeed be able to pose a far broader set of questions that are thought provoking, informative and "wanted" by the public. Unfortunately, a few "professionals" believe they know better than anyone else and their jobs depend on buying into the system they are a part of.
I am very disappointed there are not more posts here about this issue and I recommend everyone to look at the "10 questions" that were voted for and challenge anyone to argue that they are not a better set than the ones chosen by the "professionals."

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