Target: Robert Marcus, Head of Time Warner
Goal: Organize a presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Dr. Jill Stein.
The media is barely covering Dr. Jill Stein or her campaign despite the fact that she’s the most popular third party candidate and that many of her policies align with Bernie Sanders’–a candidate who also suffered from poor media coverage during his campaign. If the media began to cover Dr. Jill Stein in a balanced way, millions of Americans could have the opportunity to learn about a third option they didn’t even realize existed. This is why Americans must demand that CNN hosts a debate between Hillary Clinton and the third party candidates, such as Jill Stein.
There’s an age-old proverb that says the key to democracy is an informed electorate, and never has this been more true than in the 2016 election cycle. In the early days of his campaign, Bernie Sanders was virtually unknown, yet as he got more media coverage and the word got out, more and more people pledged their support.
It was obvious that his ideas weren’t radical, they just weren’t heavily publicized, as evidenced by his incredibly strong support base throughout the primaries. However, as Clinton is now the nominee, many voters have begun to look for a plan B, as many have pledged not to vote for her.
Dr. Stein is already dramatically rising in popularity. She has been added to the ballot in 48 states and is seeing an increase in rally turnouts. The perfect next step to help truly elevate her to the national conversation would be to organize a debate between her and Hillary Clinton. Not only would it introduce more voters to Jill Stein and her policies, but it would be history in the making as the first presidential debate between two female nominees.
If CNN wants to play its part as the electorate informers, it should seriously consider hosting a debate between the two presumptive female candidates. Sign our petition to demand this debate be arranged and hosted by this media company.
Dear Mr. Marcus,
CNN is one of the benchmarks of American Journalism and is known for being one of the primary sources of election coverage in this country. Therefore it is the responsibility of CNN to provide fair and balanced news coverage of all the presidential candidates, not just the popular ones. Right now there is one candidate who’s presence has been lacking on your channel–Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party.
I feel that if more people had the opportunity to learn about Jill Stein and her policies, there would be a snowball effect on her supporters, making her a serious threat to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Right now millions of Americans feel that their voices aren’t being represented and are looking for a viable alternative to our current nominees–this is where Jill Stein comes in. She has a strong support base around her now that can only continue to grow the more people learn about her. This is why I feel it is imperative for Dr. Stein and Clinton to engage each other in an official presidential debate.
Not only would the ratings be boosted by the Stein supporters, but this would also be a historic television event as it would be the first debate between two female presidential nominees. I feel, and many Americans feel, that there is a market for this debate that has yet to be tapped into. Stand on the right side of history and show that CNN cares about balanced news coverage by hosting a televised debate between Dr. Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton.
[Your Name Here]
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