This YouTube video is very interesting.
It shows the beginning of the candidate forum of the 8th Congressional district. It is a candidate forum, where for only fifty minutes three candidates for the 8th Congressional District are allowed to discuss the issues for the one and only time.
For the one and only time incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean showed up to face off against Republican challenger Joe Walsh and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer.
The moderator says she was “disrespected” because audience members stood up and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Perhaps a commenter can characterize such a reaction.
In another free-speech-this-is-democracy-in-America moment, the Lake County League of Women Voters prohibited audience members (other than those with a privileged press passes-see comment section of this article) to video the forum discussion.
It seems obvious such a policy prevents a large audience from viewing the exchange and discussion on YouTube for example.
I’ll let you speculate if
- the League decided on its own this would be better for liberal Democrat Bean or
- the League listened to the Bean campaign’s preference or
- it was “school policy,” as a security guard told one blogster before the event,
to prohibit people from electronically recording the event.
Regardless whether it was a pre-condition set down by Bean’s handlers or the League decided to prevent broader dissemination on its own or the school has some really wacky policy, the prohibition doesn’t help the democratic process.
Someone certainly didn’t want any supporters of Joe Walsh to have a videotape of any Bean gaffe or audience reaction to any Bean’s outrageous positions.
Such a videotape could have gone viral on the internet, something liberals would want to prevent.