Speaking truth to power: Free access to presidential debate videos

Speaking truth to power: Free access to presidential debate videos

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Today, a bunch of people (much smarter than me) asked for free access to video of presidential debates. Most notable is Larry Lessig.

This is about allowing more journalists access to video clips, without copyright hassles. That includes both professional and citizen journalists. That's a big deal since such reporters, acting independently, are more likely to speak truth to power. That means that people can see if candidates are actually answering tough questions, or evading them.

Adam Green has a good take on it:

this "is about the Internet empowering the little guy in our democracy. The big networks should not be the only ones determining which sound bites are newsworthy after a debate"

This is a genuine nonpartisan effort, since Lessig has gotten people will all kinds of politics to sign up.

More from The Politico and The Wall Street Journal

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