With the advent of YouTube, everything a presidential candidate says on the campaign trail is potentially important. As Big Media loses credibility and the homemade content of YouTubers and bloggers gains credibility, more and more people are turning to the Internet for news and information. Remarks that once went unnoticed are now fodder for online analysis and commentary.
The rise of alternative Internet media presents an opportunity for RADAR supporters to educate the nation about some of the problems with the domestic violence industry and where the various candidates stand in relation to those problems. RADAR has crafted two questions, one for Democrats and one for Republicans, that you can ask the candidates when they come to your area.
|Democrats:||False allegations of domestic violence have become widespread in our country and disproportionately disadvantage minority communities. Restraining orders obtained through false allegations of domestic violence rip parents out of children's lives. If you are elected president, what will you do to stop these violations of civil rights?|
|Republicans:||Many believe domestic violence programs are weakening the traditional American family. For example, restraining orders obtained through false allegations of domestic violence rip parents out of children's lives. As president, what would you do to protect mothers and fathers from false allegations of domestic violence?|
Please find out when and where a presidential candidate will be meeting with the public in your own state, and ask them a question. Don't forget to bring a friend who can videotape your question and the candidate's answer so you can post it on YouTube. Of course, if you do have the opportunity to ask a question of a candidate, please notify RADAR and provide the link to the video.
If you don't have a video camera or are unfamiliar with posting videos on YouTube, please ask a question anyway and let us know the response.
Now is the time to put the spotlight on the candidates--a time when your opinion is not only valued, but sought after. Please ask one of our questions and make a CHANGE for domestic violence victims ... and their children.
You can find out where the candidates will be appearing by going here: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/tracker