Sunday, September 7, 2008

The technology partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates' lockout of third parties

Over a month ago, The Tech Scoop reported that the Commission on Presidential Debates (background here) has a new technology partner:

When Barack Obama and John McCain engage in their presidential debates, online viewers will be able to track issues, embed videos, submit questions, offer polling answers — in short, engage in just about every online innovation offered this election cycle.

MySpace and the Commission on Presidential Debates announced a partnership for a series of interactive features for the upcoming forums, to be featured on a new website called

Currently, the site only contains a press release which closes as follows:

“Exit polls have consistently found that the general election debates are the #1 factor in shaping voter choice,” said Lee Brenner, Director of MySpace's Impact program. “In an era of information overload, '' will enable Americans to make the most of information presented during the debates, and even personalize their experience by homing in on the issues that are most important to them.”

But MySpace users won't have to worry about information overload. The Commission on Presidential Debates will take care of that for them.

But there's another MySpace page, Decision08, that is apparently sponsored by NBC.

OK, so the third party candidates didn't make the first page, but you can find them on another page.

All three of them - McKinney, Barr, and Nader.


Apparently, the candidate needs a MySpace page to get on the MSNBC page. The independent Chuck Baldwin page doesn't count. I'm not sure why MSNBC is ignoring the official Chuck Baldwin page.

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