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More On The Potential GOP YouTube Debate Dodge

JeffJarvis

(Strong reactions so far to the news that GOP presidential candidates may avoid the CNN/YouTube debate... keep it up).

Michele Malkin breaks from the emerging party line on the YouTube/CNN debate and tells her Republicans to buck up and not slink away.

Screen bite: "...don't run away from the CNN/YouTube debate like the Democrats ran away from Fox."

And here's David All telling the Republicans to suck up their guts and go:

Mitt Romney continues to be befuddled by the internet. He also confused MySpace and YouTube:

"YouTube is a website that allows kids to network with one another and make friends and contact each other," Romney explained. "YouTube looked to see if they had any convicted sex offenders on their web site. They had 29,000."

Actually, YouTube is the popular site that allows Internet users to upload and watch a variety of videos. The web site, which is owned by search-engine behemoth Google, also was a co-sponsor of the Democratic presidential debate held last Monday.

The web site MySpace is the one to which Romney actually was referring. MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said last week it had found 29,000 registered sex offenders who had submitted profiles to its site and removed them.

The GOP is turning out to be not only scared of the internet but clueless about it. Log on and come on in, boys. The water's fine.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 30, 2007; 12:42 PM ET Debates
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The whole point of YouTube, aside from distributing copyrighted works, is to be able to express yourself and gain wide distribution -- *without* first being "allowed" or "chosen" to do so by some mainstream media hack. Giving control to CNN makes the whole thing substantially no different from any other debate, snowmen or no snowmen. There were plenty of good, hard questions submitted to the Democratic debate, and of course none of them were chosen by our betters at CNN.

While I see no reason Republicans should skip this debate (and I think Mitt probably needs to get some better staffers to tell him what these Internets are), I also really don't care if they do. We still have a year and a half to get to see candidates answer softball questions; it doesn't matter if they do it now or not.

Posted by: Meh | July 30, 2007 1:08 PM

This works out fine as the repubs will only back it up not kill it and it will be much more hyped and much closer to the actual election and therefore retained better by inattentive monkeys. The downside of not knowing crap about internets is that you do something this dumb. If Romney mistook Ford for Honda in some contrived drivel he would be just more widely understood a handsome conman.

Posted by: michael | July 30, 2007 11:40 PM

Hello,

You missed my "Call To Arms" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV37jNbNGO0

Zennie Abraham

Posted by: Zennie | July 31, 2007 5:59 AM

Jeff you know this info is 100% correct!
Why not do something about it about you
put a vid on there too!

ABC Republican Debate Stephanopoulos=liAR.

MY reaction to a liar ABC & George . My views good & bad Republican Debate.
George Stephanopoulos you lie. ABC watch and rate the questions submitted
George will put some of the top rated questions to the candidates at the debate! HAHAHA YEAH LIE!
To the people running feel free to respond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEOJre-Cx1g

by me @ youtube. newbievids

Posted by: newbievids | August 6, 2007 11:37 AM

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