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  •  Thank you for this (2+ / 0-)
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    roses, tony the American Mutt

    When I first heard about Colbert's intent, my mind went back to Pat Paulsen and all the equal time issues that raised.

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    by PBCliberal on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 01:50:01 PM PDT

    •  regarding the equal time thing (10+ / 0-)

      Isn't he running of both party tickets?  Wouldn't that be equal time in one shot?

      •  No that would be worse (6+ / 0-)

        It would mean that an equal opportunity would have to be offered to all the candidate's he's opposing in the Democratic party, as well as to all the candidates he is opposing in the Republican party.

        This is going to be a great bit for Colbert. The FEC telling him what he can and can't say has righteous right wing psuedo-indignation written all over it.

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        by PBCliberal on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 02:39:39 PM PDT

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        •  Um, actually, that might be what he's after (1+ / 0-)
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          Equal time would mean the Dem candidates would have to show up and talk.
          So would, one thinks, the Republicans.
          Or at least have to be offered the chance.

          Is he actually opposing any Dem running on the GOP ticket, or any Repub running on the Dem ticket, in SC?

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          by BlackSheep1 on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 04:34:39 PM PDT

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          •  Only if they want to... (1+ / 0-)
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            He'd probably be happy to have them all on anyway. But remember, this is affording all candidates an equal opportunity. Is it equal opportunity for Colbert to host the show and the other guys to all be guests?

            Whether satellite fed national material not intended for terrestrial broadcasting falls under these regulations is still an open question.

            And whom he's opposing is also a question, but I was claiming that on the Republican ticket he'd be opposing Giuliani, Thompson, Huckabee, et al, and on the Democratic ticket, the usual suspects as well.

            This raises so many questions at so many levels, but its a great teaching forum to show the viewer how many people have their finger in the regulation of poltical speech.

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            by PBCliberal on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 05:28:28 PM PDT

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            •  Equal time would mean (0+ / 0-)

              That for every second Colbert was on, every candidate from each party would get as much time-- not interviewed by Colbert, but to use in any way they liked.  See the equal time link in the diary.

              That would apply to fringe candidates, too (within the two parties).  I can think of some who'd salivate at that much free airtime.

              There's no precedent as to whether it applies to cable; but if it doesn't, that's worse, as any cable host could mount a serious political campaign (as opposed to Colbert's campaign as a joke) and use his show to promote it.

              Colbert's idea was a fun idea, but in the end it can only work by him blasting the lawyers for keeping him from running or something.

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              by CenterLeft on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 11:13:03 PM PDT

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