Sep 17, 2008

The Great House Debates are ready to be viewed

The Center for Michigan and Detroit Public TV is airing the first of a series of televised debates between Michigan House candidates.

The first installment features six candidates squaring off in 30-minute, fixed-format debates taped at DPTV’s Detroit studios with a panel of journalists consisting off Nolan Finley of The Detroit News, and Ron Dzwonkowski and Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press.

Those ready to air online and on TV are:
DISTRICT 19 (Livonia) -- John Walsh (R) vs. Steve King (D)
DISTRICT 31 (Mount Clemens) – Fred Miller (D) vs. Daniel Tollis (R)
DISTRICT 40 (Birmingham) -- Chuck Moss (R) vs. Julie Chandler (D)

As part of The Great Debates, DPTV and the Center for Michigan have extended debate offers to the candidates in 47 contested State House races. While candidate negotiations continue, another 11 debates are set to tape on Sept. 22-23. Scheduled debates include candidates for House Districts 20, 22, 24, 33, 36, 37, 45, 47, 56 and 66.

You can view the debates now and anytime at DPTV's site at and at MI Vote.

They will also air on Channel 56 DPTV from 3-4:30 P.M. every Sunday afternoons beginning this Sunday. Each debate is also being given on tape or DVD to local cable access stations in each district, as well as to other PBS stations.


Anonymous said...

Interesting blog subtitle. Too bad the facts disagree: we have more and more media voices, not fewer. And yes, the more "traditional" electronic media tend to be left-wing, along with major print media outlets such as NYT and Washington Post.

And yes, there are indeed frivolous lawsuits, and people lose them. The McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit is just one example.

Communications guru said...

Interesting yes, but also true. Are you denying that a few major corporations own almost all of the media outlasts? Do you know how many newspapers Gannett owns? Do you know how many independent media outlets there are out there?

The "liberal media" bias lie is nothing more than a political strategy the right has used effectively for years. As for the lawsuits, I have no idea where that came from or why you chose to include it. Of course there are "frivolous lawsuits," but the doors to the courthouse should be open to everyone. Maybe we should let a judge or even a jury decide what is frivolous. I don't know much about the so-called "McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit," but people have a reasonable expectation that a product they buy isn't going to injure them.