Skip to comments.NBC GOP Debate Clapping Ban trampled Freedom of Speech
Posted on 01/24/2012 3:36:47 PM PST by Kfobbs
Conservatives should use their freedom of choice and boycott Brian Williams' NBC Nightly News show, for his flagrant attempt to muzzle freedom of speech at Monday nights GOP presidential debate on NBC. It is clear Brian is on the wrong side of the U.S. Constitution and the wrong side of history!
Do you remember the New Hampshire moment that then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan had when a ...Brian Williams type debate moderator attempted to shut him up? Reagan dressed down the moderator Jon Breen 32 years ago, years ago with an emphatic political game changing response "I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green!
Brian Williams was this years equivalent of Mr. Breen from 1980. And you might expect this type of behavior from...
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The three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate in the 2008 cycle had a “no applause” rule.
Seems to me that some of the previous debates had similar rules in place in various forms.
Crying that it infringes on free speech rights debases the constitution. After all, is it a free speech infringement to expect quiet in a movie theatre?
Who’s Brian Williams? Never heard of him.
Exactly, its not uncommon to ask an audience to hold their applause to the end.
Has someone passed a bill I don't know about regarding applause during Presidential Debates?
This is about as silly as the folks who claim that FR violates their freedom of speech because they enforce their own standards on their private property.
Those debates were under the authority of a non-partisan debate commission.
You need to appreciate the subletly.
There is NO debate commission here.
These are Republican Party debates and should be under the auspices of the Republican Party not the media.
NBC is an avowed enemy of the rank in file of the Republican Party, whether they are the avowed enemy of the Republican Party elite and its surrogate Mitt Romney is a matter of debate.
Newt is more than willing to accept the judgement of a non-partisan debate commission which is historical.
He is not willing to subjugate himself to the dictates of the likes of an enemy of the electorate such as NBC.
What’re they gonna do if the audience cheers? Pull the plug and put on an old Cheers rerun?
Exactly, I think it is up to the Conservatives to cheer even if they threaten to remove us from the debates.
Defy arbitrary authority.
“The three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate in the 2008 cycle had a no applause rule.”
To hell with their rules. They don’t obey the rule of law or the Constitution.
Why should we play by their rules when they don’t obey our rules?
Next debate, stomp the feet, boo the slimey press, cheer, clap, wave signs and give these elite pigs the one-finger salute.
As Jim Rob says: We’ re in a revolution. Let’s act like it.
Boycott Brian Williams by all means, but don’t confuse this with a freedom of speech issue. Nor should you confuse why Ronald Reagan was right, but Newt Gingrich is not about this particular matter.
Ronald Reagan’s campaign funded the event at which he made that statement, so he was perfectly correct and came up with a great line. Speaker Gingrich did not, to my knowledge, pay for the NBC debate. (If I’m wrong, please correct me!).
So Presidential candidate Reagan was asserting his right to control his property, while Newt was trying to assert the right to control someone else’s property. I understand why, but it’s still a mistake. I hope he rethinks this line of complaint. I would say “You don’t like the debate format? Don’t participate, or do what President Reagan did - fund your own debate.”
I decree that applause during tonight’s State of the Union speech by Barry be banned.
Property is a quite curious use of language.
The Miss Universe Pageant is property of Donald Trump because he bought it with cold hard cash.
Are you saying that Republican Party debate is property of NBC?
How much did they pay for the Republican Party debate?
How drew up the bill of sale?
It seems to me that these debates are the property of the rank in file members of the Republican Party.
If those rights were sold, a lot of Republicans would like to see the bill of sale.
The fact is that debates represent a quid quo pro.
But media clowns like NBC should not be able to DICTATE the rules to Republicans.
The Republican Party elite has been taking orders from the media elites for too long, an OLD Newt is not willing to subjugate himself to the likes of the clowns who run NBC.
I'm for a "Tar and Feather" rule, where the audience chases the moderator down and lays it on thick, then covers him with feathers and runs him out of the building to the tune of a small drum.
If they want to debate, then debate without sound effects. If they want a cheering audience then go on the campaign trail.
To hell with the elitist rules. They don’t obey our rules, and we shouldn’t obey their rules.
We’re not playing chess with sophisticated gentlemen. This is war.
Again, why do the GOP debates have a liberal, left winger, Democrat run the debates? Name one Democratic debate where a Conservative was the moderator? I don’t believe there was one, ever.
Can’t help but feel we all are being played especially afrer reading Andrea Mitchell comments about how the elite GOP will replace Newt if he is the winner...
And if Newt wins the Presidential election, will the GOP elitists sabotage his Presidental years? How ugly can all this really get?
The real problem isn’t that NBC ordered the crowd not to applaud; it’s that the crowd complied.
I think it’s stupid. I don’t get why the audience went for it. The debates are for their (our) benefit.
I would start making fake coughing sounds when I detected BS. Can you imagine if the entire audience broke out coughing? That would generate a real impact. You can’t be held responsible if you need to cough; especially if a candidate starts feeding you BS.
Next time write something less stupid.
Unless No applause is a law, who says the audience has to agree to it....rebel against “no free speech” in our audience...
Exactly. Who is that guy?
I don’t know of anyone watches that program anyway.
The debate was hosted by NBC. I may be wrong, but that sounds like NBC paid for the equipment used. A much better future plan is for the Republican party to host the debate itself, in which case no media could dictate the rules. I’d be for that!
Fine. Go to war with NBC with my full agreement. Encourage the audience to do as they like and I’ll clap, too. But don’t claim that their decision on how to run a debate with their equipment is a Constitutional violation. It isn’t.
The quid pro quo is that NBC provides the hardware and the Republican Party provides the programming content which is the debate.
Politicians like the clowns who run the Republican Party do not have enough brains to multitask and stage a debate. They got their hands full just operating a political party.
I do find it humorous that you are defending and siding with the clowns running BIG OPPRESSIVE CORPORATE MEDIA over the small pathetic dweebs running the Republican Party elite. I always side with the little guys which in this case is pea brains in the Republican Party elite not the LEFT WING TREACHEROUS MOGULS running corporate media.
I’m not “siding” with NBC, I’m pointing out that it is not a Constitutional free speech issue for those who provide the equipment to set the rules as to how it is used.
Are you maintaining it is a Constitutional free speech issue? Or merely that you don’t like what was done, in which case we agree.
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