A Note From The Editors
September 1, 2018
franknews has been focused on debate since our launch. The first filmed piece for the site was an ethics debate between cadets at West Point to premiere in our inaugural month about the US Military.
The belief was, and still is, that debate is critical to understanding an issue. Without debate, there's only preaching.
A year after our launch we committed March 2019 to Presidential debate entirely – interviewing those who operated at the highest level of debate – either through years of debate prep for presidential candidates, working within the party institutions at the DNC or RNC, working at the Commission on Presidential debate itself, or within the highest levels of academia.
Please Clap is a two-part series synthesizing all this information – much of which has been repeated (and repeated again) on the news, in journals, and in print, long before we started doing this research ourselves. Which is really the whole point of this short doc – we know exactly what we can expect from the Commission on Presidential Debates, and there are many people, dedicated to politics and the research of American politics specifically, that know how to make them better and more effective in their primary purpose – educating the American electorate. We should listen to them & insist on more.
October is about process.
We are 28 days from the next presidential election. 3 presidential debates remain. Early and mail-in voting has started. Fear of voter suppression and the conspiracy of voter fraud fuel the now normal conversation about the legitimacy of the election itself.
This month we try to explain how things work. Why debates aren’t better. What lawyers are preparing for in swing states and at the national level. The mechanics of voter suppression. Insight into ad making, precinct walking, and big media — the insides of campaigning – the process of electing a president.