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Media ... should there be enforcable rules

As I was watch a movie, a breaking news press conference was aired. I am all for being well informed and have no problem with this practice .... however, the breaking news was a political campaign follow up by the president to call your representative to support his political agenda.

So here is the question: Should this be a paid political advertisement not a national breaking news issue.

We are seeing more of this political tactic ... if free prime time is given to ANY incumbent should there be free rebuttal time to the opposition? If it is a political statement should it be preceeded by this is a "paid political ad" and not be allowed to interrupt regular programming.

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    Apr 19 2013: at one time the networks were "obligated" to air the news without commercial interference and no expectation for profit from that airtime…….I did not witness the incident you speak of however, I have no problem with the leader of our executive branch of government using any means available to incite public support for or against a ridiculously stalled governing body of the other branches of our government……we the people have had enough of this bizarre and irreverent behavior by elected officials across the entire nation perpetuated by silence from the true majority and a seemingly complete lack respect for anyone posing an alternate perspective by the current flock of boneheads in the capitol building…….it is well within the ability of Boehner and his allies to call a press conference and rebut…..stop the damned whining and do your damned job or go the hell home…..{rant end}
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      Apr 19 2013: Yeah, a pretty sorry bunch alright as you said from the top down. I am a independent and really lean to being a libertarian. However, there are parts and platforms of all that annoy me.

      I have thought of many ways to correct what is happening ... the sad part is that the general public would have to understand what is happening and where it is going ... and that ain't happening. Lots of happening going on there.

      If a large number of people registered as independents ... a block to be reckoned with ... that would get the attention of both parties. Perhaps platforms would be adjusted. I would like to see a incumbant have to run on his/her record only. No campaign. Put up the facts straight from the congressional record. All votes ... parties given ... trips ... number of times they flew home ... number of total votes possible and the number they attended ... etc ...

      Every year a few hundred elected officials fly to Hawaii on a fact finding mission (with families) ... Presidents who want to golf with Tiger should do so at their cost ..Not Mine ... first ladies who want to meet Nelson Mandalea should fund their own trip ... I pay for my dates ... so should they ... AF One is for official business ... not vacations or re-election campaigns. Special jets are for the President and VP. For everyone else there is communications available. Camp David is a retreat for the exec .... everything else is BS.

      Wow I ranted right back ... sorry.

      I agree we are getting pissed but now what?

      Bob.

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