Mikey Kaus blogs about the CNN/YouTube debate and thinks they’re blowing it…
So who will decide which 30-second YouTube “video questions” get broadcast on Monday?
CNN will produce the televised events and will select the questions used in the debates. [E.A.]
Kind of misses the point, doesn’t it? Instead of being spontaneously and uncontrollably selected by Web democracy, the YouTube questions will be safely filtered through the predictable, respectable sensibilities of CNN editors. They’ll be not much different from the queries traditionally sent to the front of the room on index cards–just in video form. Sure, the questions will be asked by “voters from around the country,” but debates have been accepting (filtered) email questions for years, no?