New Rules for Political Debates




In an attempt to address the rampant lying and truth bending at the debates, here's a modest proposal:


  1. Every time one of the candidates says something that is factually wrong, or intentionally misleading, a flashing light should be activated in front of their podium. 
  2. At the same time, the news crawl at the bottom of the screen should scroll by with the correct information, while the candidate is speaking.
  3. The moderator should point out each correction before each commercial break, with the time used to do so taken from the appropriate candidate(s) allotment. 
  4. Finally, each lie told should result in a penalty of 3 minutes of reduced speaking for the lying candidate.


With the millions of dollars in advertising revenue the networks make on these debates, there is no excuse for not implementing such a system immediately. The networks could employ a team of fact checkers from a spectrum of news organizations with access to the appropriate news sources and databases of information required to check the veracity of the candidates' statements in real time. 


It is simply unacceptable for persons who are running for the office of the President to stand on the stage and flat out lie to the public and not be held accountable for what they say.


If you agree with these new rules, please sign the petition linked here, and share widely on your social media networks!

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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Liz Hernandez (Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:35)

    These rules should be put in place immediately. Please spread this to everyone on you list! And sign the petition!

  • #2

    Paul A. Rubin (Monday, 04 January 2016 14:47)

    I'm not sure there is an objective way to determine intent, as in "intentionally misleading". While I suspect it to be depressingly common, there is the old adage "never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity".

    The bigger problem with your proposal, though, is that it has the possibility to cause seizures in people with photosensitive neurological disorders, particularly given that there would be nonstop flashing lights (other than during commercial breaks).

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