See, I don't watch those dog-and-pony-shows on cable that they are calling debates these days, because they aren't informative; they are phony, staged, go-for-the-lowest common denominator sideshows.
Need proof? Last night CNN reached back to the early 90's, and Bill Clinton and MTV and the "boxers or briefs" question that signaled the first sighting of the Horsemen of the Political Apocalypse on the horizon.
Last night, at the debate at UNLV, the last question was for Hillary Clinton, and it was asked by a student who wanted to ask about the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility. Instead, CNN had her ask Hillary if she preferred "Diamonds or Pearls?"
What. The. Fuck.???
People have to pay extra for access to that shit?
Via Crooks & Liars:
Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred “diamonds or pearls” at last night’s debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
“Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN,” Luisa writes. “I was asked to submit questions including “lighthearted/fun” questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance.”
And wouldn't the idiots at the Cloying News Network have just shit bricks if, instead of taking the bait, Hillary had said "Neither" and gone on to explain how Diamonds are mined and Pearls are harvested, and how the people doing the mining and the harvesting are performing dangerous jobs that kill many people every year, and making a pittance for it, while all up the chain of people standing on their backs and selling the damnable baubles and trinkets are making obscene amounts of money from the vanity of some individuals and the labor of others?