Is SOC backing out of WSRE debate?
August 30, 2006
An email from Kenneth Lamb:
It has just come to my attention that the WSRE program on the Waterfront Park may be cancelled because the SOC side may not show up.
It is standard media protocol to host an “empty chair” debate when candidates or issue advocates are invited to a debate, and one party fails to participate.
The idea of canceling the program because SOC will not participate should strike WSRE as a massive affront to its editorial independence and judgment. The question should be squarely put to WSRE: “Is WSRE going to allow itself to be held hostage to the political judgments of one party in this issue?”
Among professional journalists, such a threat as is being bandied about in this case would cause raucous laughter. Then the reality of the insult this constitutes would set in.
In the final analysis, the program should air, with an empty chair for the issue advocate who failed to participate.