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Some principles are worth fighting for: like the cherished right of television networks to decide who is and who is not a legitimate candidate for president.
NBC Universal Inc. is a major media conglomerate. And major media conglomerates have traditionally been able to police the parameters of presidential politics. Any affront to this order of affairs is a threat to the ability of corporations to define the American discourse.
Kucinich heads for Nevada debate, his role uncertain
..."I can just say, `Thank God' for that judge, and hopefully his ruling will be sustained," the Cleveland congressman told reporters a day after a judge ordered that Kucinich be allowed to participate in the debate Tuesday night.
Kucinich said he has raised issues that other candidates have not, including the Iraq war, trade and health care. "So my being there creates a debate," he said...
NBC is Appealing Nevada Court Decision to Allow Kucinich in Debate
The NBC television network filed documents this morning, asking Nevada's Supreme Court to overturn a decision by a Clark County District Court judge that Dennis Kucinich be allowed to participate in tonight's Democratic presidential candidate debate. Kucinich, who had initially received an invitation to the debate on January 9 stating that he had met the network's requirements to participate, saw that invitation snatched away on January 10, when the network claimed to have come up with new criteria.
In the court documents, NBC claims that it decided on January 10 to change debate participation criteria, this time requiring that candidates finish in the top three in either the Iowa Caucus or New Hampshire Primary. But on January 9, the criteria was different, and only required participants to have finished in the top four in Iowa or New Hampshire, OR place in the top four in media polls conducted after the Iowa Caucus on January 3.
Appeal Filed in Kucinich Debate Lawsuit
...Campbell argued Monday that Federal Communications Commission broadcast rules do not apply to cable TV networks, and said Tuesday that federal courts instead of state courts have jurisdiction...
Kucinich, MSNBC await the ruling
It’s three hours before tonight’s scheduled Democratic debate on MSNBC, yet it remains unclear whether long-shot Dennis Kucinich will be allowed to participate.
A decision is expected from the seven-member state Supreme Court by 6 p.m., the chief justice said at the close of a hastily arranged hearing this afternoon. Four justices were based at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, where Kucinich was in attendance but did not speak; the three other justices participated via a video feed from Carson City.
Kucinich will sit it out
This just in from the state Supreme Court: NBC/MSNBC win, Kucinich loses. The congressman from Ohio won’t be on stage at the televised debate in 45 minutes.