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The United States Should Adopt an Equal Time Policy in Broadcasted Media With Political Candidates

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Started: 7/7/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Equal Time Policy - A policy devoted to giving any one topic, idea, or other thing an equal amount of time to be presented next to other things of its category


Equal time policy infringes on our constitutional right to freedom of press and free speech.
Debate Round No. 1


Alright, let me begin.

The policy in question is limited only to media that is broadcasted, such as television, radio, and live streams. So, should a news outlet wish to put a story out there about a political candidate, they could upload it to the internet, or they could print it in the newspaper. Thereby, the apparent break of freedom of speech would no longer exist. All that would change is the medium in which the speech is spoken.

Now that that is out of the way, let me get in to the reason why we should implement this.

Recently, as everybody knows, Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee. He is one of the most inflammatory, wishy-washy, and downright idiotic candidates in U.S. history. So why did he get so popular, compared to somebody like Jeb Bush? The answer lies in the media. The media does effect how much people here about politicians, and increases the likelihood of people voting for them. One can look at the amount of television coverage that any presidential candidate receives, and you'll notice that it correlates almost directly with their position in the polls [1]. Therefore, we must conclude that, for the good of this country, we must equalize the amount of broadcasted media coverage for a candidate in order to generate interest. After that point, should anybody want to learn more, they can go on the internet, which, due to public libraries, everybody has access to. This should create a situation where the American public can learn more about candidates, and every candidate will have a chance to run.


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Posted by I_Wanna_Rawk 2 years ago
Aww. I would do this but am going to camp this week so don't have time for a five round debate
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