How Presidential Debates Became ‘a Fraud on the American Voter.

Peter Tucker, an independent D.C.-based journalist who writes at, tells goharrison: “While no Memorandum of Understanding has been made public this year, a leaked 2012 MOU between the Obama and Romney campaigns outlined: ‘The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on ... questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates.’”

Tucker notes that “Fed up with the [League of Women Voters, which had organized presidential debates in the 1970s and early 80s] independence, the two parties hatched a plan. In 1987, they created the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), with the Democratic and Republican chairmen serving as the organization’s co-chairs. ...

“The resulting debates were ‘phony, part of an unconscionable fraud,’ said CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite. It’s ‘a charade,’ said CNN’s Bernard Shaw, ‘these were not debates.’ ...

“With the civic-minded League out, money poured in. Anheuser-Bush and Philip Morris, among other corporations, provided large donations, and in return were featured prominently at the CPD debates.”

The co-chairmen of the CPD are Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry. Fahrenkopf was chair of the Republican National Committee when the CPD was founded, and he represents gambling interests. Tucker notes that “Fahrenkopf’s Democratic counterpart, McCurry, is also a lobbyist. After serving as Bill Clinton’s press secretary, McCurry went on to lobby for, among others, telecoms seeking to kill net neutrality. The other 15 CPD board members are mostly party insiders and donors.”
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Cary Harrison - now half way to Cuba as I lead this pilot cruise-tour to explore Cuba ....first time without a Cuban curfew!!

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Dear GoHarrison Friends and Listeners:

Hope your Labor Day Holiday was great. And if you were lucky enough to be at barbecues and with friends, all the better.

I have been invited to be an ambassador to represent US LGBT media and bridge it with the island of Cuba in the most extraordinary last-minute cruise arrangement. (Sept 18-25, 2016)

We have just secured an extra handful of deeply discounted general cabins which I am now able to make available to you. Quick video here:

Thanks to and the Cuban embassy’s LGBT liaison, I will be leading a small group of us to 3 unique ports on the island, plus 4 days total ashore!

Imagine penetrating the island of Cuba to see and experience what has largely been unavailable for the last 50 years! And we get around by cruise ship in which the embassy is automatically handling all of our visas and State Department protocols.

This very unusual trip at a special price ($1698) will be the most fun you’ve ever had on a Caribbean island of new friends, driving around in 57 Chevys, and sipping local rum at sunset.

Contact us NOW.
Remaining cabins will sell out soon.


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The one-week cruise starts and ends in Miami, and will include three unique ports of call in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago. In addition, there will be on-board talks and bonding with Cubanos on shore to give us personal insight into the massive changes taking place in Cuba today! Or whatever meaningful interactions you may prefer.

Starting and Ending Dates:

* Depart Miami on Sept 18, 2016
* Return to Miami on Sept 25, 2016

Flights will be on your own. Arrival and departure flight time recommendations will be provided to those who reserve the cruise. Each guest is responsible for transportation to and from the Miami cruise ship terminal.

The Cruise Experience:

* The 704-passenger Adonia is operated by Fathom Travel, the newest brand of Carnival Cruises. The ship is designed for Impact Travel, and alternates between Cuban and Dominican Republic weekly sailings.

* All meals and group shore excursions are included in the cruise price.

* During sea days, there will be on-board lectures and talks about contemporary life in Cuba, its fascinating history, and glimpses of what may lie ahead as the US and Cuba look to improve relationships.

Documentation for Our Authorized Travel to Cuba:

The cost for visas for arrival into Cuba is included in the cruise fare quoted below. We will provide all required documentation that passengers must fill out in order to obtain a Cuban visa. This cruise has been carefully designed to meet all US government requirements for travel by Americans to Cuba (despite the many restrictions that remain in effect).

Our HE Travel Group:

* Our Public Radio/LGBT group: we will be one of several groups on the ship.

* HE Travel host: Cary Harrison.

* As much as can be arranged, we will offer insights about life in Cuba, which has become much more open in recent decades.

Prices per Person in a Shared Cabin:

All cabin categories are subject to availability at the time of booking.

* Interior cabin: $1698 (website price: $2603) [CALL FOR AVAILABILITY]

* Ocean-view cabin: $2398 (website price: $3273)[SOLD OUT]

* Balcony cabin: $2950 (website price: $3953) [CABINS ARE AVAILABLE FOR OUR GROUP]

Prices for single occupancy can be quoted upon request.

To make a reservation, or for more details about this cruise, please contact HE Travel at:


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Outfest selected Clea Duvall’s drama “The Intervention” as its opening night film. The lesbian and metrosexual-themed drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, marking Duvall’s directorial and screenwriting feature debut. Stars: Duvall, Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat.

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