Third-Party Debate To Be Broadcast By Al Jazeera English, RT America, But Not Major Cable News Networks

Michael Calderone
Huffington Post

NEW YORK — When Larry Kingmoderates Tuesday’s third-party debate in Chicago, his former network, CNN, will not be carrying it live. And neither will Fox News or MSNBC.

But Al Jazeera English plans to broadcast the debate live, an editorial decision that Bob Wheelock, executive producer for newsgathering for the Americas, calls a “no-brainer.”

“We’ve covered the presidential debates and vice presidential debate thus far,” Wheelock told The Huffington Post. “Our philosophy is to treat this one the same way. It’s another voice in this country that we respect and believe should have a forum and an outlet.”

Wheelock said that part of Al Jazeera English’s mission is “to try to provide the voice and be in places where other people aren’t — to cover areas, countries, states, cultures that aren’t routinely covered by the traditional broadcast networks and cable networks.”

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