Ari Melber (The Nation) with videos:
Tonight (Monday, 7/23) marks the first voter-generated debate in the history of American politics. The CNN-YouTube debate will present Democratic candidates with questions chosen from 2,798 homemade videos submitted by citizens across the country. By substituting the typical media moderator with questions from dozens of random Americans, organizers say the debate will have more authenticity and diversity than the usual scripted media debates. Of course, it all depends on the footage they have to choose from.Howie P.S.: If you need to vent afterwards, here's an opportunity:
Tonight we'll see if any of the edgier videos make the cut...
Postman, Westneat analyze the debate
Is today's much-touted YouTube Democratic presidential debate a groundbreaking way to engage the electorate, or just a flashy new format with little new substance?
Join Seattle Times chief political reporter David Postman and columnist Danny Westneat as they dissect the CNN/YouTube debate online and on TV immediately after the broadcast. They and their guests will take your calls and e-mails during the program, which will stream live on seattletimes.com and be broadcast on TVW, Comcast channel 23.
The debate airs from 4 to 6 p.m. on CNN. Our program starts at 6 p.m.