Dennis Kucinich Losses Battle With MSNBC / GE To Be Included In Las Vegas Nevada Democratic Presidential Debates

Dennis Kucinich Losses Battle With MSNBC / GE To Be Included In Las Vegas Nevada Democratic Presidential Debates

Kucinich playing the violin
Source: Kucinich campaign

(Best Syndication) The Nevada Supreme Court overruled a decision that would have allowed Dennis Kucinich to appear in the Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Originally, Kucinich was invited by MSNBC to the debate, but just days before the event the news organization withdrew his invitation. This prompted Kucinich to file suit against MSNBC.

On Monday senior district court judge Charles Thompson ruled that MSNBC must allow Kucinich into the debate, or not have the debate at all. He said MSNBC breached the contract. After the ruling Kucinich predicted that MSNBC would continue to fight his presence in the debate. But after Tuesday's Nevada Supreme Court ruling, only Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama were seated on the stage.

MSNBC’s parent company, General Electric (GE), and other corporate interests have been accused of trying to squelch Kucinich’s voice in the primary. Kucinich is the only remaining Democratic Presidential candidate who voted against the original Iraq War. He consistently votes against funding for the war as well.

The Center for Public Integrity reports “that GE has or had post-war business dealings in Iraq.” The company supplies temporary electrical generators to the U.S. military in Iraq. “The company (GE) refused to divulge the value of the contract,” the watch dog group reported.

Kucinich has been swimming against the corporate interest while other candidates receive the corporate funding. Michael Moore said that Hillary Clinton ranked number two in the Senate for contributions from insurance companies. Her health care proposal would require all Americans to purchase private health insurance. Kucinich advocates a not-for-profit health system to cover all Americans.

MSNBC originally invited Kucinich to the debate, prompting the Ohio Congressman to fit the debates into his plans. In a press release, the Kucinich campaign says the media giant quickly changed their mind. “Less than 44 hours after NBC sent a congratulatory note and an invitation to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to participate in the Jan. 15 Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas, the network notified the campaign this morning it was changing it announced criteria, rescinding its invitation, and excluding Kucinich from the debate.”

The USA/Gallup poll puts Kucinich in forth place nationwide. Although Kucinich met the qualifications publicly announced on December 28, the network was “re-doing” the criteria to exclude Kucinich.

“When ‘big media’ exert their unbridled control over what Americans can see, hear, and read, then the Constitutional power and right of the citizens to vote is being vetoed by multi-billion corporations that want the votes to go their way,” the Kucinich campaign said.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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