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    Republicans vote to boycott CNN, NBC debates if Clinton specials air | Fox News

    I know this is from Fox who is a biased media, but the point of the article is on biased media.

    Should CNN and NBC air specials on Hillary Clinton before an election? Is the GOP right to boycott? Will it help or hurt the GOP?

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    I have no problem with stations airing anything about any declared candidate, as long as the information is accurate. If it gives people information they can use to make a decision about whom to vote for, I see nothing wrong with it. What one person views as pro-Clinton might give someone else pause, kwim? However, I also think there should be a moratorium on non-news-items on all candidates in the last days before an election. Breaking news like the candidate gets a DUI two days before election is obviously fair game, but dragging out an old DUI the day before election that no one bothered bringing up earlier is just wrong. And I don't really care if the RNC boycotts everything, I wish they would boycott the whole country and go away.
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    I think there should be balance like there is on radio stations. If a radio station is going to allow political commercials they have to allow anyone that wants to pay for one regardless if it is democrat or republican. If a TV station is going to air a 1 hour special on one candidate, that they should have to allow other candidates to do the same. Not "well this is our Favourite candidate, so we will give them unlimited air time, but we do not like this other candidate, so we will limit or not allow anything from them."

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    Are we talking about advertising or opinion & entertainment pieces? With advertising, I would probably agree with you that "the other side" should be given an equal opportunity for air-time exposure and at the same price but it shouldn't be mandatory. If the Republicans can't come up with an ad about their candidate that they think might sell in S.F. that shouldn't mean Hillary's ads can't play here. But if we're talking about documentaries and "get to know the candidate" pieces and things like that, then local markets know their clientele far better than the national political parties, and should not be subjected to having to give air-time (for which they have to sell advertising to make money) to shows that they know won't sell well in their market.
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    I think current election regs do not allow it. They obviously should NOT be promoting a candidate other than paid ads.. unless an equally wonderful piece is done on the opposing candidate.
    Either we want control over media before elections or we let them do whatever they want.. which obviously would lead to a bias.. as which ever station has the most viewers would control the votes.
    If I remember right the bill promoting this was bipartisan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Are we talking about advertising or opinion & entertainment pieces? With advertising, I would probably agree with you that "the other side" should be given an equal opportunity for air-time exposure and at the same price but it shouldn't be mandatory. If the Republicans can't come up with an ad about their candidate that they think might sell in S.F. that shouldn't mean Hillary's ads can't play here. But if we're talking about documentaries and "get to know the candidate" pieces and things like that, then local markets know their clientele far better than the national political parties, and should not be subjected to having to give air-time (for which they have to sell advertising to make money) to shows that they know won't sell well in their market.
    I think an hour long special on one candidate should be treated the same as advertising (because it is) and all of the same rules should apply.

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    I think it is a horrible idea to boycott stations. The RNC is having trouble connecting with large sections of the country, purposely taking themselves off of popular stations is like asking the country to elect another democrat
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    I agree with Stacey. I am also ok if Fox does an hour special on the angerbear of their choosing. This all seems like (yet more) manufactured outrage to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    I think it is a horrible idea to boycott stations. The RNC is having trouble connecting with large sections of the country, purposely taking themselves off of popular stations is like asking the country to elect another democrat
    I agree 100%.

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    I don't see how you can put paid advertising in the same category as a special produced by a network. It's not the same kind of thing at all.

    I think every network has bias too....so air everything. I doubt there isn't a market for a special (with intimate access) to any of the candidates.

    Boycotting an opportunity for a nationally televised debate is not smart.
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