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Judge: MSNBC Debate Must Include Kucinich

From those celebrants of black robed dictatorship at the Associated Press:

Judge Rules Kucinich Must Be Included In Debate

January 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS — NBC News said Monday it will appeal a judge’s ruling rather than include Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich in a candidates’ debate in Nevada.

“We disagree with the judge’s decision and are filing an appeal,” said a statement provided by Jeremy Gaines, a vice president for MSNBC, sponsor of Tuesday night’s debate. Gaines said the parent network would seek an immediate hearing before the Nevada Supreme Court.

Hours earlier, Senior Clark County District Court Judge Charles Thompson ruled that Kucinich, an Ohio congressman, must be allowed to participate. If he is excluded, Thompson said he would issue an injunction to stop the televised debate.

Kucinich’s lawyer had argued that MSNBC at first invited him to participate, then last week reversed course and told him he could not.

A lawyer for the network said MSNBC decided to go with the top three candidates after the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries.

Thompson called it a matter of fairness and said Nevada voters will benefit by hearing from more than just top contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards…

Kucinich learned of the judge’s decision when he was handed a note during an interview with Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto.

“Holy smokes! I just found out. I have to get off the phone now. I have to make plans to go to Nevada,” Kucinich said.

It’s only surprising that the judge didn’t also determine which questions should be asked, and who should get to open and close the debate.

Still, MSNBC and the rest of the Democrats can’t complain. They want judges to decide everything in our lives. 

Of course they also want to pick the judges.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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