OK, it was my second call to the newsroom. After watching the furor build since I started posting about this last night, I thought I would give it another try.
As of right now, they don’t care. The woman who answered the phone listened politely, but basically said, “these are the debate rules we are going to follow.”
The bottom line is that they don’t care what we voters think. They don’t care what the political parties think. What they care about is their own limited point of view: what will make good TV and give us the kind of sparks that will make for good TV.
If the Democratic party in New Hampshire — if Hillary and Obama do not take a stand now — we are throwing away our right to hear from all candidates. My candidate, Hillary, might win this time, or your candidate — Obama — might win. But there will come a day when other voices that we need to hear are silenced because some network executive thinks he knows what we ought to hear and how we ought to hear it.
Once again: I implore you to call WMUR at 1-800-257-5151.