No ear mics allowed for debate moderators; But what about the candidates?

Via  World Tribune

[Editor’s Note: Readers may recall that in 2005 the left was beside itself with reports that George W. Bush was ‘wired for sound’ during one of the 2004 presidential debates with Sen. John Kerry held just days before the election . The speculation even included  commissioning a NASA scientist to analyze photos of the incumbent’s clothing. Except for some conservative media no similar discomfort has been exhibited of late over the former Secretary of State’s potential technological gadgetry. An official from the Presidential Commission on Debates now states that moderators will now be allowed to wear ear pieces to receive directions from their executive producers.]

The presidential debate moderators will not be allowed to wear earpieces, according to published reports.

But what about the presidential candidates themselves?

A voter in Maryland wrote Federal Elections Commissioner Matthew Petersen on Sept. 8 seeking a “clear response” to that question.

“I read reports that during the televised event questioning each of the candidates on their qualifications to serve as Commander in Chief, that Secretary Clinton had a microphone in her ear to receive prompting and guidance from advisers off stage,” wrote Laurence B of Columbia, MD.


[A check of his name and address at the Maryland State Board of Elections Internet site verified the writer’s identity as a registered voter.]

“Surely this is a more serious violation of competition than the doping which the Olympics have had to clean up. … Can you please confirm that your commission will take conclusive steps to ensure that no such cheating takes place during the debates?” the letter concluded.

When he received no response to his letter, he wrote again on Sept. 21: “I’ve got to say I’m really discouraged not to have received a confirmation from you or from your office that your policy will be to disallow the two candidates to wear ear microphones. Am I to interpret your lack of a response to mean that such behavior will, indeed be accepted?”

That correspondence got an immediate and lengthy response in “legalese” from an attorney with the FEC:

“Good afternoon, my name is Ruth Heilizer and I am an attorney with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “Commission”). I have been asked to respond to your email to FEC Chairman Petersen regarding your suggestion that presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump be prohibited from wearing ear microphones during the upcoming presidential debates.
The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (“Act”) and Commission regulations require that the contents of a complaint meet certain specific requirements. In particular, a complaint be in writing, sworn to and signed in the presence of a notary public and notarized. Unfortunately, your email did not meet these requirements.

If you wish to file a formal complaint with the Commission, you must follow the requirements set forth in the Act at 52 U.S.C. § 30109(a)(1) and Commission regulations. Requirements of this section of the law, and Commission regulations at 11 C.F.R. § 111.4, which are a prerequisite to Commission action, are detailed below: …”

Persistent citizen Laurence B. gave it one more try:

“As a lawyer, I’m sure you can differentiate between a complaint, and a request for a clear statement of rules. My email is seeking the latter. … I would be very grateful if you could let me know whether or not there is a clear rule prohibiting candidates from wearing ear mics and if so, whether or not it is your intention to enforce that rule.

He has yet to receive a response.

Carlos Greer, the Commission on Presidential Debates sent out a message to news organizations on Sept. 9 banning devices that would allow presidential debate moderators get directions from their news teams.

NBC’s “Today” anchor Matt Lauer wore an earpiece Sept. 7 when he conducted interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the “Commander-in-Chief Forum which was severely criticized by liberal media commentators.

17 thoughts on “No ear mics allowed for debate moderators; But what about the candidates?”

  1. Hofstra University has posted a “trigger warning” sign to warn students about the potentially disturbing content that may be discussed during Monday night’s presidential debate.

    “Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event.”

    They Must be talking about the Clinton’s. Pathetic….

        1. And, no, it did not.

          I was trying to use the special html insert code. I noticed that videos also just show up as a link.

          Also, isn’t it weird that when you comment, or click on a link to a comment, that it takes you to the top of the post instead of the comment itself?

          Not to be whiny, just to round out this list of complaints, I have been unable to get email notification of posts or comments from this site or scoopfeed since the change, no matter how many times I unsubscribe and resubscribe

          (“Subscribed to Memory Hole! Congratulations…”) Yeah, right.

        2. Toni,
          Very Strange.

          When the “sign up” image is showing and I can’t get to the page I can see you have 3 comments.

          After I “refresh” the page to shut off the “sign in” prompt, 2 of your messages vanish?

          I think they’re still working the page and having Technical glitches such as links to images do not resolve either.

        3. Ric, yeah, very weird. Now the reply button vanishes after one reply comment. And with no email notification, I can’t reply with any accuracy. Look where this came out. It was meant for your “very strange” comment.

          I think you are wise to counsel patience.

        4. Hi Toni. Just saw your comment about subbing and no notifications. I thought I’d subbed at this new site but haven’t been getting any new articles or comments from past articles. Just subbed again.

  2. SEPT.26, 2016. ASTEROID hits AUSTRALIA and Wins Debate.NASA and BP EarthWatch on it. 2 SITES IN QUEENSLAND REPORT FIREBALLS.

  3. Rumors got it Hillary’s going to fake passing out Trump is going to run over to help her and Secret Service are Going to “take him out” and go Opps….

    Just kidding. Call off the Dogs

  4. I don’t know if any of you have ever been to Disneyland before And have seen the Lincoln exhibit where he is hardwired into the floor.

    In case you didn’t notice Hillary and never lifts her right foot ha ha Ha ha ha

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