View Poll Results: Is it OK to plant questions at political events?

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  • They all do it. Everyone of them.

    11 64.71%
  • It's OK. Otherwise no good questions would get asked.

    1 5.88%
  • No that's stealing the process from the people

    7 41.18%
  • Hillary Clinton planted questions

    3 17.65%
  • Nobody would do such things

    0 0%
  • Video outs this corrupt practice

    2 11.76%
  • Planted questions are for propaganda purposes

    8 47.06%
  • Important questions never get asked

    5 29.41%
  • We wouldn't want to embarrass politicians now would we

    4 23.53%
  • Real questions would lose Politicians votes

    5 29.41%
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Thread: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    Do you think professional hecklers are also being planted?
    You bet they are. If there is video they won't like it. It's not a problem to go after the heckler and call them out. On video of course. At a previous election a banker asked what we thought about banks having to pay an additional tax. In our area the largest cash crop for decades has been marijuana. I asked him if his bank had laundered some of it. He sat down and hid behind other members of the audience. You don't have to be nice to the audience if you don't want to or they don't deserve it.
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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpectateSwamp View Post
    You bet they are. If there is video they won't like it. It's not a problem to go after the heckler and call them out. On video of course. At a previous election a banker asked what we thought about banks having to pay an additional tax. In our area the largest cash crop for decades has been marijuana. I asked him if his bank had laundered some of it. He sat down and hid behind other members of the audience. You don't have to be nice to the audience if you don't want to or they don't deserve it.
    I guess I don't really take issue with planted questions from candidate then. That's just leveling the playing field a bit. So long as regular people have the chance to ask some questions as well...that's just the classy thing to do.

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I don't think it is okay (nor do I like the planted hecklers or gotcha question artists either). If the politician with the podium wants to say something, or bring an issue to the forefront, well, they are already at the podium and have a mic handy - just say it without the false prompting. I mean that's what they're there for right? No need to play those games.
    Exactly how I feel.

    At the last meet the candidates forum in our area at the federal level the citizens were not allowed to attend. Just local town council, chamber members and accredited media. I was not invited. I have never heard of a worse political forum.

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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    We could go into a complex argument about how to limit planted questions, and ensure a fair debate, etc.

    But someone would find a way around it, and then they would have an advantage, until everyone started doing the same thing. Then more rules.

    So perhaps just letting it be a mad free-for-all is better.
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    Re: Is it OK to plant questions at Political Events?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I don't think it is okay (nor do I like the planted hecklers or gotcha question artists either). If the politician with the podium wants to say something, or bring an issue to the forefront, well, they are already at the podium and have a mic handy - just say it without the false prompting. I mean that's what they're there for right? No need to play those games.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    We could go into a complex argument about how to limit planted questions, and ensure a fair debate, etc.

    But someone would find a way around it, and then they would have an advantage, until everyone started doing the same thing. Then more rules.

    So perhaps just letting it be a mad free-for-all is better.
    For sure a free-for-all would be better than some orchestrated dog and pony show.

    It really pisses off people if you refuse to answer their question. I know..
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