Writers strike nixes Democrat debate

posted at 11:11 am on November 29, 2007 by Bryan

Solidarity!

A labor dispute which has darkened US light entertainment and chat shows claimed another victim on Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of a CBS News debate among Democratic White House hopefuls.

The debate, scheduled for Los Angeles on December 10, was nixed after candidates including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama said they would refuse to cross a picket line that the Writers Guild of America Union had threatened to set up.

“CBS News regrets not being able to offer the Democratic presidential debate scheduled for Dec. 10 in Los Angeles,” CBS said in a statement.

“The possibility of picket lines set up by the Writers Guild of America and the unwillingness of many candidates to cross them made it necessary to allow the candidates to make other plans.”

Why do they need writers for a debate anyway?

Oh. Right. Sorry I asked.

(cover photo from AP)


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Why would they want to debate? Their approval numbers go down after each and every debacle. It’s amazed me they’ve had as many as they have. I guess it was their ego. They actually convinced themselves they had something to say.

Griz on November 29, 2007 at 11:19 AM

CBS should just let Katie speak from the heart.

The outcome would be better than the best liberal writer’s imagination could conjure.

Valiant on November 29, 2007 at 11:19 AM

They need writers?

No. Seriously. They need writers? For a debate?

This is just too easy. The jokes write themselves. They aren’t even worth making.

I don’t even need writers.

Professor Blather on November 29, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Why do they need writers for a debate anyway?

That was my initial reaction too. But it appears that CBS was ready to proceed, but Clinton and Obama decided to play to their union base by refusing to cross picket lines.

Someone should call them on that. They are denying all Americans a chance to hear them debate in order to honor a strike on the entertainment side of the media business.

Anton on November 29, 2007 at 11:21 AM

“CBS News regrets not being able to offer the Democratic presidential debate scheduled for Dec. 10 in Los Angeles,” CBS said in a statement.

I don’t see the problem CBS.

If reruns of Letterman fit the bill while the writers are out on strike, why not go ahead with the Democrat debate?

Their political strategies haven’t changed one iota in the past 50 years. They whine about gay rights, abortion, education, health care and social security ad nauseum.

So put ‘em on …. all they are is a rerun anyway.

fogw on November 29, 2007 at 11:24 AM

So put ‘em on …. all they are is a rerun anyway.

fogw on November 29, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Right. And to make it easy, CBS could just use the same YOUTUBE questions from the CNN debate last night and have the Dem candidates answer them.

BacaDog on November 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM

bought and paid for

rahjr2k on November 29, 2007 at 11:35 AM

Why do they need writers for a debate anyway?

How else do they know what to ask. The writers have to go to the pollsters, then they write the questions best suited for the candidates, and the “plants”.

Hey, here’s a joke. When CNN was asked about plants, they just shrubbed it off.

Hahahaha, I crack myself up.

right2bright on November 29, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Those former bloggers for Edwards can pick up the writer’s slack…

JetBoy on November 29, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Like I said on a previous thread, the ideal debate is to have the candidates ask each other questions.

Scabs!

Brat on November 29, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Two men enter, one man leaves!

Limerick on November 29, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Perfect opportunity for Hill to get out of the light. Hasn’t been doing to well at these things lately so if she
has an excuse that can be pinned on someone else well…
That is her forte. As for the big O, pandering.

mjkazee on November 29, 2007 at 11:52 AM

Whatcha wanna bet that television ratings will go up for as long as the writers remain on strike.

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GT on November 29, 2007 at 11:59 AM

Who do they represent, All Americans? or just union thugs?

JayHaw Phrenzie on November 29, 2007 at 12:11 PM

What crap! Picket lines are set up against parties with some standing in a conflict. Going into a Party debate is not “crossing picket lines” as a scab.

Are Hillary and Obama going to not respond to a jihadi WMD attack on US soil because CAIR sets up a picket line?

eeyore on November 29, 2007 at 12:41 PM

“…the unwillingness of many candidates to cross [picket lines] made it necessary to allow the candidates to make other plans.”

How about planning to just…change the venue. Think you might be able to find some willing place in 12 days!?

eeyore on November 29, 2007 at 12:51 PM

They won’t cross because they’re scared of conflict. Just as they’re scared of using force to deal with terrorists if they’re elected.

RMCS_USN on November 29, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Two men enter, one man leaves!

Limerick on November 29, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Is that Thundebate or Debatedome?

Remember, CNN…bust a deal, face Hillary’s wheel.

James on November 29, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Or CBS…whatever.

James on November 29, 2007 at 1:05 PM

Good. We don’t need this crap for another 6 months anyway.

mojo on November 29, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Last I heard, FNC had an opening for a Dem debate…

lsutiger on November 29, 2007 at 7:51 PM

I guess this means there are no words to describe how the Demoncrats can debate themselves without scripted questions and responses.

MSGTAS on November 30, 2007 at 9:17 AM