I am working on an essay on this but wanted to make sure I had my ducks in a row. So the question is why are our Presidential debates owned by media companies to broadcast to their exclusive network of paid subscribers? I do realize one can find the debates after the fact on Youtube and they are ran on some radio stations live, but why are these not covered by CSPAN and made available immediately to the public for free via the web? This has been bothering me for the last few elections now that the technology is possible to distribute this to the public for free.
I believe this is a fundamental right of the American people to engage with the source material attached to who will represent their country moving forward. This is why I am such a big fan of CSPAN as we have the opportunity to bypass the talking heads and go right to the source.
I know an Equal Time Rule had been established in the Radio Act of 1927 to assure equal time for candidates for Broadcast stations so would this need to be encoded into a Communications act to assure free coverage of all presidential debates? Is it just me or is this a fundamental problem with the electoral process that could be addressed? Elections are not supposed to be a commercial enterprise. This is supposed to be a public service is it not? If not, why is an MSNBC logo on the screen capture below. I
Interested in hearing feedback on this.