In the Presidential debates, behind the person asking questions the background is blacked out. Why?
The background is blacked out behind the questioner during these TV charades thinly veiled as "Presidential Debates" because the two major parties and the media do not want the audience to see two main groups of people:
1. The moneyed powers that be who manipulate the elections in their favor, and
2. The great masses of qualified electors they dupe into believing that only those two candidates they present stand any chance of winning that election.
What is worse is that these masses of otherwise intelligent people are stupid enough to believe whatever the corporate-owned media tell them. If Google said the sky is green and the clouds are purple, people would believe them. If some nut on TV told people that homosexuality is natural, or that rain actually falls upward, or that Plutonian inhabitants have three legs and five eyes and that their ears are where their gluteus should be, people would believe that.
Of course, there is a third possibility, that there is no audience behind the questioner, because millions of voters are so tired of listening to empty hubris that they refuse to buy tickets to see these people in person. They could also refuse to buy tickets because they are too poor to afford them, thanks to underemployment. Media sponsors of these televised debates want to make people think there's somebody there behind the questioner. Well, why should anyone be there, when the debating candidates will not even consider them, anyway?
Oh, yes, the real answer is that the show is supposed to focus on the debate participants. That sounds great, but the focus should be on hard reality rather than on sound bites, fact checks, and appearance. If the candidates pander to media sham, we shall happily introduce them to reality in a most disconcerting manner. Then, the only black thing surrounding them will drape their coffins.
Dear readers, there IS a new American revolution thanks in part to the endless Presidential debates. People are so tired of listening to their blather that they change programs when the candidates come on TV. People are ANGRY at the Democrats and Republicans, and they know this, so in their death throes, they use these debates to improve their public image. People know that as long as the Democrats and Republicans are in power we are broke and hungry and out of work. We must not change the channel, but change leaders by ballots or bullets. Crafted words from men in power suits on TV no longer impress us.
advocating violence is not a solution to our problems "by bullets" are you kidding me? People like you frighten me more than our corporate master government... good grief.
@ChristinS, get a lesson in history. Empires crumbled, bloody revolutions started, leaders got assassinated, because they got too much power, and their people had enough of them. It's about to happen here in the USA.
RC. Your demeanor don't match your words. Like the debates you described. Seems like you want to REPLACE ballots with bullets. Your mind set is dangerous to our society. The name Hitler comes to mind. Get a lesson in freedom!
@IDONO, not true. We desperately need a change in the voting system, the way H. Ross Perot suggested in 1992. Eliminate the Electoral College. Vote electronically on Saturday and Sunday. Allow other parties' candidates to get on the ballots.
I was thinking there wasn't an audience because the debates were staged. Maybe I am wrong, but do you know anyone who went?
If the background were not blacked out, then the audience's reactions to the questions and responses would be visible to the viewers, which would violate the prearranged agreement between the parties. Then, too, it also prevents the clowns in the audience from holding up signs saying, "Hi, Mom."
Because the light for the cameras is on the "asker" and because of this you cannot see the audience behind her/him. It is not a conspiracy, just lighting.
The whole "presidential debate" cycle is a conspiracy hid by lighting, makeup, crafted words, and appearance. You want the audience behind the asker? Look down the streets where you live, or look under a rock. That's where the audience is.
Mr. August are you okay? You seem a little, well, paranoid. Is there nothing good in your world?
@duffsmom, Yes, I am OK. There is something good in my world. There is the realization that more and more US voting citizens realize that THEY HAVE BEEN SNOOKERED by smarmy autocrats and their media puppets. Debates cannot disguise that any more.
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