Wag the Blog Redux: Kos's Call to "Tape Everything"
Last week we asked The Fix community whether Markos Moulitsas's (a.k.a. Kos) call to tape every word uttered by Republican officials and candidates was a good or a bad thing for politics. You responded in droves.
Before we get to your thoughts, The Fix wants to point to Republican direct-mail consultant Dan Hazelwood's view:
"This is going to be destructive. People will ask for more gotcha questions. People will seek to spur violent confrontations to get recording. The press will further focus on the trivial. Where will the line end? A candidate eating a meal at a restaurant now is going to be taped?
"We need to tape journalists to prove they are apolitical. We need to tape the tapers to record them conspiring to provoke inappropriate activity. Campaigns need to tape themselves to be able to provide context.
"And none of this advances substance in politics. It advances partisan combat. If there are not clear parameters established and upheld this way lies madness.
"The parameters could be as simple as public events. But not private activity in a public place."
Now to some of the best and brightest responses from The Fix community, as compiled by politics producer Sarah Lovenheim:
"I don't believe that videotaped gaffes, in and of themselves, have the power to destroy a campaign. What these incidents can do, however, is expose the actual individual underneath all the handling and the spinning. And that's a good thing." -- Posted by: Matthew Anton | May 29, 2007 09:16 AM
"My belief is that the "macaca" moment WAS the real candidate which had been carefully hidden from most of the voting public for years. So I vote YES to taping them and catching them in their lies and half-truths." -- Posted by: Richard Taylor | May 29, 2007 09:04 AM
"If KOS really stands for progressive values you should hold everyone accountable, including the Democratic candidates." -- Posted by: Andy R | May 29, 2007 09:06 AM
"Recording and posting whatever is available ... makes the candidate more accessible to people who are less inclined or able to donate the money necessary to see special appearances." -- Posted by: peter | May 29, 2007 09:32 AM
"The job of president is a 24 hour one and every action brings an impact ... [covering candidate events contributes to the] historical record of the country." -- Posted by: Don Libes | May 29, 2007 09:37 AM
"Showing candidates in their true colors will expose the embarrassing slips of EVERYONE, and let the most egregious faux pas of the most secretive and phony politicians bubble to the surface...Let the cameras roll!" -- Posted by: Ryan | May 29, 2007 09:53 AM
"I don't believe the Kos comment was intended either to guarantee accountability or inspire candidates to not be CANDIDates. Rather, he's encouraging Democrats to engage in the same subversive tactics that have worked so well for Republicans for years." -- Posted by: judgito | May 29, 2007 05:22 PM
"How is anyone supposed to develop serious policies if the first time they talk about a subject they are worried that a mistaken sentence could come back to bite them later on?... Kos' plan ... isn't politics, its warfare." -- Posted by: camguy | May 29, 2007 09:35 AM
"... A legion of partisan amateur journalists running around with camera-phones hoping to catch a politician making some politically incorrect remark ... [feeds an] American electorate [that] prefers to make its decisions based on the embarrassing 30-second verbal gaffes and fumbled moments that happen to make their way onto YouTube. " -- Posted by: DCGeek | May 29, 2007 10:24 AM
"I don't find anything wrong with videotaping politicians or candidates during official/campaign appearances-- they are in the public eye and their words are "out there" for all to see and hear.
"However, there should be a line between those moments that are "in public" and moments that are not. Should we tape pols at the grocery store squeezing the Charmin? Or taking their kids to the zoo, or putting flowers on a parent's grave, on the off chance that they'll say something that can be used against them later?" -- Posted by: DB | May 29, 2007 11:57 AM
"Capturing a small misstatement on tape and spreading it via the Internet is petty and doesn't help the political process." -- Posted by: Arjun | May 29, 2007 03:40 PM
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