Thursday, January 17, 2008

Action Alert: NBC Uninvites Kucinich; crosses 200,000 mark

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) has issued an action alert on the exclusion of Kucinich by General Electric's MSNBC. From the announcement:

Kucinich's peace platform might be something that a major defense contractor like General Electric would rather not expose to voters on its cable network. Likewise, Kucinich's strong opposition to nuclear power likely doesn't sit well with GE, a major player in the industry; the issue was sure to come up in any debate in Nevada, where the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump is intensely controversial.

Indeed, one of the rare challenges from the NBC moderators at the Las Vegas debate came in response to John Edwards' critical comments about nuclear power. Meet the Press host Tim Russert responded:

"Senator Edwards, you say you're against nuclear power. But a reality check: I talked to the folks at the MIT Energy Initiative, and they put it this way, that in 2050, the world's population is going to go from 6 billion to 9 billion, that CO2 is going to double, that you could build a nuclear power plant one per week and it wouldn't meet the world's needs. Something must be done, and it cannot be done just with wind or solar."

It's also worth noting that NBC--like most other corporate media outlets--has had little time for Kucinich's campaign from the start, deciding long ago that the candidate was simply not viable (FAIR Media Advisory, 5/8/07). Kucinich's name has been mentioned only a few times in passing on NBC Nightly News, and Kucinich--unlike six other Democratic candidates--has yet to appear as part of Meet the Press's "Meet the Candidates" series. has crossed the 200,000 signatures mark, after Rep. Robert Wexler took the House floor to discuss the public response to his call for hearings on Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Cheney (H. Res 799)


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