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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:10 PM
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Tipster: Des Moines Fallout Amid Kucinich Protests (Newsroom Disrupted For 2 Days, Phones Jammed)
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Tip: Des Moines fallout amid Kucinich protests

A Des Moines Register tipster says the paper has been hosed by protesters after its controversial decision to exclude Rep. Dennis Kucinich (below) from yesterday's Democratic presidential debate.

"The protest disrupted the newsroom for two days, jamming the phones,'' the tipster writes today. "After the Kucinich Iowa website announced he wasn't being included in the debate panel, Kucinich supporters posted protests on the comment areas tacked on to any news reports or blogs. Among their suggestions were calling the newsroom (keeping three executive assistants and a news editor busy answering, explaining the criteria, expressing regrets and trying to disengage). They posted every news executive's phone number and many newsroom numbers on the Internet, posted the numbers of the Register's Internet advertisers and suggested people call them to complain and even asked Kucinich supporters to get phone numbers from Register classified ads and call to protest the Register's handling of the debates."

Sounds like a community conversation powered by you and the Des Moines Register, eh?

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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:19 PM
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1. Excluding him was BS...especially after allowing alan Keyes in...
...they deserve to be hosed.
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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:30 PM
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8. Yeah, Allan Keyes.
The guy hasn't appeared on a single debate and they let him in on this one. Meanwhile, a legitimate candidate isn't allowed on because of some bullshit rule they made up and/or refused to work around. This was the last debate before the primary, too. Real nice.

The debate sucked anyway. The moderator is a human sleeping pill. These things don't put the Register in a good light nationwide.
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RavensChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 03:13 PM
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21. I thought Keyes wasn't running
then I'm channel surfing, come across the debate (which I immediately grabbed the remote when I saw his ugly face), and I see this goober! Still talking tin foil bullshit! Sad. It makes me almost ashamed to be a black woman sometimes.
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screembloodymurder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:21 PM
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2. They got off easy.
I hope they burn in hell.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:25 PM
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3. they do not want to hear from a progressive
dennis ideas shows the bankruptcy of the others ideas about our future and how to achieve it. people with extraordinary vision are pushed aside because they could never win...i guess that is just a fact of life.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:25 PM
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4. All together now -- and a one and a two and a great big ..
AWWWWWWWWWWW! Poor Babies! Imagine having to have two executive assistants and a news editor actually do some phone work!

Awwww Awwwwww :nopity:
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:28 PM
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6. wow -you really fear dennis that much
to feel that way about him and his supporters? gee i feel sorry for you.......
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:22 PM
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13. I think you misunderstood the DUer's comment...
...but maybe that's just me.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 11:39 AM
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16. no -- I was being snarky about the paper
I don't fear Dennis. It was shitty for the paper to do that. Go back and re-read the post. :eyes:
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 04:08 PM
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18. sorry....i would have expected better from that paper...
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RavensChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 03:11 PM
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20. n/t
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

They should come where I work! They'll really have fun!
:eyes:
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Bennyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:26 PM
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5. Now THAT is DEMOCRACY in action!
Being someone who called and emailed it makes me feel good that others felt the same. I thought that he had made a blunder buy not renting an office space, but after seeing Keyes on the Rep debate I got pretty pissed.

Good for us I say.

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:32 PM
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9. my wife and i worked out of our home for over 15 years
and our suppliers did`t think we were not worthy of their business. i guess the paper did`t think that dennis did`t deserved our "business" or was it their`s?
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RavensChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 03:14 PM
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22. Yes, it is!
I guess they'll think twice before messing with Dems!

:evilgrin:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:28 PM
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7. But , but, but Dennis doesn't have any supporters!
He's only polling at two percent, for crying out loud! Must be the ice storm or something that's screwing up their switchboard...

:sarcasm:
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:33 PM
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10. People are not stupid they KNOW
and the News Media are propogandists
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:58 PM
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11. Yup, it makes you wonder about the polls showing Kucinich so low, and all
the marginalization and black-holing he's been subjected to by the war profiteering corporate news monopolies.

THREE CHEERS TO THE KUCINICH SUPPORTS AND OTHERS WHO BELIEVE IN OPEN DEBATE WHO HARASSED THE DES MOINES REGISTER OVER THIS TYPICAL CORPORATE NEWS DECISION--typically unfair, typically restrictive of the parameters of debate, typically anti-grass roots, typically anti-poor, and typically undemocratic.

I'm glad we caused them jammed phone lines and headaches for two days! Since this decision came from Corporate, I didn't expect it to be reversed. Our corporate rules really don't give a fuck what we think. But at least we did not let go by! I'm proud of us--the true MAINSTREAM of the American people!
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:11 PM
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12. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
oh that is funny. They fucked him over and they fucked us over and they fucked over the country who let their state have the first primary. Ha Ha Ha Ha! Poor people. Guess they know that the bullshit decision was not thought well of. LOL, this is funny except that DK lost his last chance to debate (if you could call it that) even if they never call on him.

We are the people, we decide and if you take that away from us expect us to revolt. That is the way it is supposed to be and the paper now knows they have not gotten complete control yet.
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:36 PM
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14. when I called to voice my disgust they were in a hurry to get me off the phone
I hope they had to work overtime to make up all the calls they took for their censorship of the debate.
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create.peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:41 PM
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15. i am contributing tomorrow
well, i know what i am doing, especially after this insane arbitrary slighting of mr. k. i am contributing tomorrow, 100 bucks, that's right. it is a one day, knock their socks off campaign. if this doesn't get someone's attention nothing will. so all day, the 15th of december, bill of rights anniversary, get your friends to donate what the can to dennis. he deserves our support.

1-877-41DENNIS

https://services.myngp.com/ngponlineservices/contributi...
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 11:41 AM
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17. too little too late, Kucinich did not appear. eom
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 03:08 PM
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19. kick
:hi:
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