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April 29, 2010


Bob R

Well, it's either transparency or corruption.
I'm not convinced that cameras are entirely necessary, since legislators showboat enough already.
BUT, somebody needs to be there to keep them honest. If our questions are sometimes irritating, that is a small price to pay for wielding power over others. Power wielded in secret leads to abuse.
The press is supposed to be a watchdog, not a lapdog. Hire your own PR firm.


"Transparency" has been a disaster for the political process. Because politicians are constantly in the spotlight, they are forced to pander to their constituencies by grandstanding, rather than having real discussions. Nobody feels free to brainstorm or discuss creative compromises. Negotiation theorists know that when a tough deal needs to be struck, it has to happen between just two people, behind closed doors. When the agreement is ready, then you can shine the spotlight on it and debate the merits. If the Constitutional Convention had been televised, the Framers never would have been able to produce such a brilliant document.

Cameras bring the kind of transparency that courts don't need. We already have detailed trial records. Video would just provide fodder for Fox News and their ilk of hack journalists (from both sides of the spectrum) to pull tiny pieces of a complicated legal process out of context and milk them for a political purpose.


I'm sure this has nothing to do with the U.S. Supreme Court blocking video coverage of the Prop. 8 trial! (Click my name for an article on it).

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