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Glenn Greenwald: Presidential Debates Highlight "Faux Objectivity" of Mainstream Journalists

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 By Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy NOW! | Video
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"The issue is not what separates Romney and Obama, but how much they agree. This hidden consensus has to be exposed," writes Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald about the presidential debates as he criticizes the recent performances of the debate moderators. Greenwald also criticizes the exclusion of third party candidates. “Only by excluding those candidates and having the two parties focus on the tiny differences they have ... can this mythology be maintained that we have massive and real choice in this country,” Greenwald said. We also speak to George Farah, author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates."

Guests:

Glenn Greenwald, Columnist and blogger for The Guardian. He is the author of "With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

George Farah, Founder and executive director of Open Debates. He is also author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates."

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Nermeen Shaikh

Nermeen Shaikh is a broadcast news producer and weekly co-host at Democracy Now! in New York City. She worked in research and non-governmental organizations before joining Democracy Now! She has an M.Phil. from Cambridge University and is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power (Columbia University Press).

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's "Meet the Press."

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Glenn Greenwald: Presidential Debates Highlight "Faux Objectivity" of Mainstream Journalists

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 By Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy NOW! | Video
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

Media

"The issue is not what separates Romney and Obama, but how much they agree. This hidden consensus has to be exposed," writes Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald about the presidential debates as he criticizes the recent performances of the debate moderators. Greenwald also criticizes the exclusion of third party candidates. “Only by excluding those candidates and having the two parties focus on the tiny differences they have ... can this mythology be maintained that we have massive and real choice in this country,” Greenwald said. We also speak to George Farah, author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates."

Guests:

Glenn Greenwald, Columnist and blogger for The Guardian. He is the author of "With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

George Farah, Founder and executive director of Open Debates. He is also author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates."

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Nermeen Shaikh

Nermeen Shaikh is a broadcast news producer and weekly co-host at Democracy Now! in New York City. She worked in research and non-governmental organizations before joining Democracy Now! She has an M.Phil. from Cambridge University and is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power (Columbia University Press).

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's "Meet the Press."