Skip to comments.What stops conservative media from sponsoring their own debates?
Posted on 01/29/2012 7:26:49 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
What keeps Rush, Levin, Prager, Hannity, etc -- or a combination of them -- from calling a debate for any candidates willing to show up? Then we could get some meaningful questions for inspecting the candidates' philosophies. They could not decline a Rush/Hannity/Levin cosponsored debate. The candidates have plenty of open days on their schedules.
Romney would have a hard time declining a joint invite from the big 2 or 3 voices in conservative talk radio. And if he chickens out, they could have the debate without Romney.
Also, whoever sponsors the event does not have to ask all the questions. For example, they could invite John Bolton to ask Foreign Affairs questions or invite Thomas Sowell and Art Laffer to ask economy questions.
Fox would almost certainly agree to offer air time, and if not, there is always C-SPAN.
Rush addressed this not long ago, and he gave a non-answer.
He said something like, “There are reasons why-—and things I just can’t say”, and he cut to a break. I’m paraphrasing, but that’s pretty close. It made no sense.
The volatility in the primary polls is there because voters do not know who the best conservative is. That is why Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Santorum and Newt have had their respective surges.
Currently, conservatives are trying to choose the best anti-Romney candidate between Newt and Santorum, so these are the two who should face off in a long, meaningful debate to show their positions on all the main subjects.
Exactly right! We are a party within a party. We've got two candidates splitting the ticket against the Republican establisment's candidate.
If we don't narrow it down, Romney has a good chance at winning the nomination.
Exactly. You’ll always have one or two RINOs who won’t agree to it because their campaigns could never survive being asked real questions by real conservatives about real conservative issues. Romney would probably have to drop out of the race halfway through the debate!
Good question. The best “debate” I saw was the Frank Luntz Thanksgiving weekend internet only “debate”. My estimation of all the candidates went up after that. Mitt Romney did not attend.
I agree completely.
A lot of writers now dispense with publishers totally, and go straight to Amazon.
What in hell do we need the major networks for? They could do it on Ustream, or they could just YouTube it.
Let’s show that the networks are buggywhip makers..!
The networks hate us —fine, that’s biz.
Let’s hate them back in a really practical way.
Rush could do it. I don't know of any other conservative presstitutes that could be even near reasonably objective.
I believe Newsmax tried but too many said no.
I wonder if a debate could be tried on radio.
A Savage interview would be entertaining, but candidates could decline it without losing face.
Candidates could not easily decline a debate cosponsored by market leaders Rush and Hannity, who are both appear to be fair questioners. If you combine Prager with one of the market leaders, given his pure reputation for fairness and honesty, the debate would be hard to decline.
Didn’t Michael Jordan once say ‘Hey, Republicans buy shoes, too !’
RomneyBots, PaulTards, GOP-E’s, whatever ... Don’t they buy Tea or Sleep # Beds or Carbonite or Flowers or whatever, too ???
I’m just sayin’ ...
One Man’s Opinion
One of the best political exchanges I’ve ever heard was when Ahhhnold was running for California governor. I can’t remember if it was before or after the GOP primary, but Sean Hannity had him on the radio and fired off a series of questions,. Most of them were yes or no, but they were direct and Arnold responded just as directly. Even if I didn’t like his position, it was refreshing to hear someone give a clean answer without spin.
I’d rather hear a one-on-one conversation, face to face with no table between, no obvious offense or defense.
The lack of TV networks controlled by conservatives is probably the biggest factor. And even Fox moderators try to be 'objective' and even show how tough they are.
Still, if they could have debates with conservative moderators, Fox and C-Span would be a start and even other online streaming since so many citizens now have internet access.
More should have agree to the Trump/Newsmax debate just to set the precedent. Nothing Trump might have done in November would have helped him much six or more months later if he did decide on a third party bid.
But many or most of the questions from the libs this year have been a waste of time and only designed to make all Republican candidates look bad.
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Bingo! It could and should be. I think it would be compelling listening, but admittedly I’m a radio sort of guy and half the time just listen to TV audio anyway.
It’s something that I think could really catch on if someone were to do it right and then syndicate the process. Take the Huckabee forum, where each candidate was given 10 minutes or so without interruption - that’s something that the big stations like those who carry Rush, Sean, etc ought to be all over.
Many of them have lower cume ratings, which affects their ad rates, because the same people tune in day after day. This kind of political programming has the potential to draw in new unduplicated listeners, which would be great for the stations ratings.
I favor radio because it seems easier to tell when someone is being evasive. What one hears cannot be overruled by a manufactured video image.
There is no conservative media.
In early December Santorum challenged Gingrich to a Lincoln-Douglas debate. The Gingrich campaign has yet to respond...
Or they could hold out for an even distribution of moderators between conservative and liberal reporters.
Rush and the others work for different radio stations. Rush’s loyalty is to his stations. He is not going to promote hosts on other stations.
Newt isn’t running against Santorum. He’s running against Romney and Obama. You should ask yourself and Santorum if he is running against Gingrich or Romney/Obama.
Look into who owns Clear Channel and who Clear Channel owns....That’s all I’m saying
You’ll want to double your contribution to FreeRepublic.
In my opinion, Newt IS running against Santorum to determine which of them will unite the Conservative vote to defeat Romney. A series of one-on-one Lincoln-Douglas debates between those two--hosted by conservatives--is exactly what we need.
I am surprised we have not heard more about Santorum challenging Newt to a one-on-one.
Santorum isn’t going anywhere. No organization, no money, no leadership cred. The pro-life message is doubtless genuine but that alone cannot win the nomination.
The media landscape today is in such chaos that it's not a good business investment. Even with the massive shareholder losses of the last half-decade, prices are still in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to buy a major newspaper, and people with that kind of money tend to be motivated by short-to-medium term investment returns, not long-term ideological issues.
One of my former newspaper companies, a chain which is fairly conservative, is in bankruptcy. Another had seen its stock price drop from the mid-$20 per share range down to 3 cents per share in a period of two years, and it's now hovering in the dime-to-quarter range. The Washington Times is in major economic trouble and would be in even worse shape if it were not for private dollars coming from Sun Myung Moon's church connections.
Put another way — Newt Gingrich has lots of money (I read his tax return online after he released it) but it takes someone with the money of Mitt Romney to buy even a failing newspaper like the Boston Globe, and if you've got that kind of money you usually didn't get it by putting ideology above profitability.