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Please Clap | Part Two

by franknews
October 7, 2020

franknews has been focused on debate since our launch. The first filmed piece for the site was an ethics debate between cadets at West Point to premiere in our inaugural month about the US Military. 

The belief was, and still is, that debate is critical to understanding an issue. Without debate, there's only preaching.

A year after our launch we committed March 2019  to Presidential debate entirely – interviewing those who operated at the highest level of debate – either through years of debate prep for presidential candidates, working within the party institutions at the DNC or RNC, working at the Commission on Presidential debate itself, or within the highest levels of academia. 

Please Clap is a two-part series synthesizing all this information – much of which has been repeated (and repeated again) on the news, in journals, and in print, long before we started doing this research ourselves. Which is really the whole point of this short doc – we know exactly what we can expect from the Commission on Presidential Debates, and there are many people, dedicated to politics and the research of American politics specifically, that know how to make them better and more effective in their primary purpose – educating the American electorate. We should listen to them & insist on more.