OK, so on Monday, the Nevada Supreme Court heard the appeal case of Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) against NBC Universal (NBC lost the first case), Inc. Kucinich was suing NBC for banning him (after inviting him) to the Las Vegas debate. Kucinich tried to argue the “Equal Time” Rule, but that rule does not apply to cable TV stations such as MSNBC. Even if it WERE a publicly broadcast TV station, the Democratic party could still bar him from debating. It’s ultimately the TV station’s First Amendment rights (as well as the DNC’s).
I agree with the ruling here. I also agree with FOX keeping Ron Paul out of the debate- as much as it hurts Democracy and voters, it’s their choice. If we forced all candidates to be allowed into debates, you’d have a potential of 21 Republicans (21 were on the New Hampshire ballot) and 21 Democrats. That’s ridiculous. The parties need to be able to control their debates.
Kucinich never further appealed the Nevada High Court’s ruling.
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