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The Coalition for Open Debates 2016

• The Coalition for Open Debates 2016
The Coalition is You!

The coalition is not about any one of us. The coalition is about all of us. All of us coming together regardless of political party or ideology under the common banner of having more open debates in 2016.

If you share this belief you can join the coalition (it’s free)  as an individual or an organization, or both.

If you’re an individual and you want to show (and maybe demonstrate) your support then click on the Citizens Coalition for Open Debates in 2016 link” here.  If you’re an organization and you want to show and demonstrate your support then click on the the “Organizations for Open Debates in 2016″ link here. The Initiators Zak Carter
Zak Carter of Open Debates 2016
...Is an Army veteran of Iraq who is upset that he came home to less freedom after being told he was fighting for it overseas.

After working on several political campaigns in an attempt to help restore some of that lost freedom, he came to believe that he needed to help change the media coverage of candidates with ideas and solutions that were not being given fair time in front of cameras because they weren’t ideas embraced by the democrat or republican party establishment.

In 2012 Zak had an epiphany of what an open debate could accomplish if a little extra ground work was added with a little celebrity star power and worked as Free and Equal Election Foundation’s communication director and co-produced two open debates that were moderated by Larry King and Thom Hartmann and viewed by an estimated global audience of 20 million people.

It was impressive to some people, but just a warm up for Zak, who came up with a plan to take the Open Debates to another level in 2016.

 Ben Swann
Ben Swann of Open Debates 2016
...Spent 14 years working as a journalist in broadcast news, and began his career as a news photographer and moved up the ladder to reporter, morning anchor/reporter, prime time anchor/reporter. Along the way he won a Long Horn Emmy Award and two Edward R. Murrow awards. For a number of years he covered Mexico’s drug war. At that time, he came to believe that the national media was not interested in the truth of what was happening in Mexico or the problems associated with the failed “war on drugs” in the United States.

In 2010, Ben moved north to Cincinnati, Ohio to take a prime time anchor job with WXIX and there became the producer/writer/anchor of a segment called “Reality Check”. It was while covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary that he  began to confront the problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and the suppression of voters’ choices by mainstream media. In 2012, he became the first journalist in the nation to confront President Barack Obama directly in an interview about the Constitutionality of the “kill list” and the only journalist to confront Mitt Romney about the railroading of duly elected delegates during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Thanks to a passionate following, Ben Swann’s work has become an internet phenomenon with over 10 million video views in over 140 countries.


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