Steve Ralls

The General Is Back

Filed By Steve Ralls | December 01, 2007 2:53 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: CNN, GLAAD, Keith Kerr, Republicans, SLDN, YouTube debates

When CNN announced earlier this week that it had removed Brigadier General Keith Kerr's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" question from re-broadcasts of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network partnered with our friends at GLAAD to reach out to the network and ask that they re-insert the question.

As we've pointed out, there was no reason to remove General Kerr's question from future broadcasts of the debate, as the controversy surrounding the question was unfounded. CNN, representatives at SLDN and GLAAD told the network, should not be in the business of editing news and should not deprive viewers from the important opportunity to see the candidates debate this issue.

Late last night, we received word that the network will include the questions in re-broadcasts, which begin airing on CNN today.

SLDN applauds CNN for doing the right thing, and salutes our colleagues at GLAAD, especially national news director Cindi Creager, for their critical help in making this victory possible.

Originally posted at Frontlines

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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | December 1, 2007 5:10 PM

Great! I don't know if that means they have also reinserted his comments from the audience, but certainly the question on U-Tube itself never ought to have been taken out.

That's good that they're putting it back in. It happened, whether they wanted it to have happened or not, and people ought to be able to hear Hunter's and Romney's bad answers.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | December 2, 2007 12:31 PM

Thanks for taking action on this Steve! The general had an especially relevant question and there's no reason to hide it.

Right on! Some of the Democratic YouTube questions weren't exactly supportive or were hard for them to answer. Why should Republicans get off easy? Bah. Censorship is censorship.