This image shows the front page at debates.org, where you link directly to News Corp property MySpace.

This image shows the front page at debates.org, where you link directly to News Corp property MySpace.


I was just minding my own business, trying to figure out how I could ask a question of the candidates tonight, when I happened upon this disturbing tidbit. Can someone please explain to me why News Corp, by virtue of their web property MySpace, is the official partner of the Commission on Presidential Debates? Doesn’t that seem a bit odd? Shouldn’t such a commission be independent of ALL corporate interest, let alone those controlled by Rupert Murdoch? For those of you who don’t know, Murdoch owns a controlling interest in News Corp, who in turn own Fox News, Fox, MySpace, the New York Post, and many, many other media properties.

Damn, I just dug into this a bit further and it is apalling. Details after the jump…
Edit: it is now 6:46 PM CDT and I just tried to ask a question of the candidates, only to find this:

Screenshot from mydebates.org, taken at 6:48 PM CDT

Screenshot from mydebates.org, taken at 6:48 PM CDT

So, not only do my questions for the candidates have to be filtered through a News Corp-run property, but they don’t even let you ask questions in real time, or even up till the time of the debate! Anyone know when they cut off the question submission process? So much for leveraging the power of the internet.