The Hartford CBS affiliate has banned representatives of the news media - other than its own - from Wednesday's 3 p.m. taping of the debate that is to be moderated by national CBS newsman Bob Schieffer before an audience of specially invited guests at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.I am available and was planning to cover the debate. Time to let WFSB know what you think of their ban on local media:
After a news blackout of 27 hours, WFSB plans to show the canned one-hour event Thursday at 7 p.m.
"We're renting the hall, it's our debate, and we'll invite who we want to invite" - that was Channel 3's position, as paraphrased by Richard Foley, campaign manager for Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger. Polls show Schlesinger running a distant third in the race, and so, Foley said, "we feel that we cannot make too many demands."
He noted that the full day's delay would enable any candidate who had "a Gerald Ford moment" - a reference to Ford's notorious 1976 misstatement that Poland was not Soviet-dominated - to cook up a face-saving explanation even before his gaffe goes on the air Thursday. "You could be un-spinning it ... before you even spin it."
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