A remarkable development took place on August 17: CNN, a corporate media organization, determined it was in their self-interest to broadcast a town hall event with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and for the first time in recent history, millions of Americans had a rare opportunity to learn about Stein’s revolutionary campaign.
Host Chris Cuomo opened, “We’re bringing it to you, no small part, because voters, many of you, keep expressing a desire for third-party alternatives.” Previously, on August 3, CNN presented a town hall with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Later in the broadcast, Cuomo said to Stein, who also appeared with her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, “We’re giving you an opportunity here at CNN. We believe it’s part of our duty to the process to represent all the parties that are options.”
Google search data reflects how CNN contributed to a surge of interest in Stein during and immediately after the town hall.
CNN framed the town hall around the reality that Americans are in the throes of an election, where Clinton and Trump endlessly squabble over who is the worst presidential candidate in history. Stein and Baraka can meaningfully disrupt this bickering and focus attention on issues.
The town hall gave the Green Party ticket, which will be on the ballot in 47 states, space for discussion that rarely is given to revolutionary politics.
Stein had plenty of time to detail how she thought student loan debt could be canceled for 43 million Americans. Stein and Baraka were able to talk about what a world would be like if the U.S. did not have 700 or 800 military bases around the world.
The Green Party ticket was hit with questions their supporters would …