PRESS RELEASE from Yahoo!
September 10, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN
FIRST-EVER, ONLINE-ONLY DEBATE MODERATED BY CHARLIE ROSE

“Mash-up” Format of Candidate Forum Unlike Any Before

All eight Democratic presidential candidates will participate in the first-ever, online-only presidential “mash-up,” moderated by Charlie Rose, on September 12th.  Hosted by Yahoo!, The Huffington Post and Slate, the candidate forum will feature interviews with each of the Democratic candidates.  Rose will ask questions submitted by online users in emails and video.

After the candidates have been interviewed, their responses will be broken into video segments that online users will be able to mash-up -- creating the kind of debate they want to see.  Starting September 13th, a player on Yahoo! will enable users to view only the candidates and issues they select.

The Mashup will put users in charge of shaping exactly what kind of viewing experience they want to have – from the questions that are asked to the way they can pick and choose the issues they want to hear about from the candidates they want to hear from.

Questions posed to the candidates will fall into four categories.  The first three – healthcare, the Iraq war and education – were voted on by Yahoo! users.  Candidates will also be asked a "wild card" question that can be about any topic.

Rose will conduct the Mashup from New York City, with candidates interviewed via satellite from their locations on the campaign trail.
 
 
DATE:  September 12th: Mashup recorded
September 13th: Mashup goes live on Yahoo!
LOCATION: Charlie Rose to conduct interviews from NYC;
candidates interviewed from campaigning locations
CONTACTS:  Mario Ruiz, VP, Media Relations,
The Huffington Post
212-674-2439 or Mario@huffingtonpost.com

Brian Nelson
Yahoo!, Public Relations
310-907-2748 or bnelson@yahoo-inc.com



 
 
 

PRESS RELEASE from Yahoo!
 


Yahoo!, The Huffington Post and Slate to Host First-Ever Online-Only Presidential Debates, Moderated By Charlie Rose

Debates Will Give Voters a Direct Role in the Debates; Planned for Both Democratic and Republican Candidates

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & NEW YORK & WASHINGTON, Apr 23, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Yahoo!, The Huffington Post and Slate announced today plans to host two online-only presidential debates during the 2008 campaign. These first-of-their kind debates will be hosted on all three Web sites and give voters the opportunity to ask questions directly to the candidates, participate in the debate in real-time, and even determine which candidate is giving the best performance. The debates, scheduled to take place after Labor Day, will be hosted by PBS' Charlie Rose. The Democratic debate will feature opening remarks by DNC chair Howard Dean.

"We intend for these debates to be a groundbreaking mix of old and new traditions in politics," said Charlie Rose. "2008 will be a momentous year for the electoral process in America, thanks in large part to technology and politics connecting like never before. I am proud to host the first ever online only debate, which will reach and engage the voting audience in a whole new way."

"With presidential candidates announcing online and with campaign ads and fundraising increasingly online, presidential campaigns are moving to the Internet at breakneck speed. Online debates are the inevitable next step," said Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. "We are thrilled to be joining with Internet pioneers Yahoo! and Slate to host the first online presidential debates, and to have Charlie Rose as our moderator. These debates represent a further merging of new media technology and politics, and are a great opportunity to bring more people into the political process, and engage the new generation of young voters who spend so much of their time -- and get so much of their information -- online."

There will be two online-only debates, one for Democrats and one for Republicans, with invitations extended to candidates who have formally announced their candidacies. These online debates will allow the candidates to participate from whatever location they choose, brought together live via the Internet, and will feature real-time questions sent in by the online audience, as well as viewer questions uploaded on video.

"The 2008 campaign is going to unfold on the Web in a way no previous election ever has," said Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate. "We hope these first online debates will be a breakthrough, both in terms of technology and political communication. The candidates will be able to have a real discussion in real time -- but without having to be in the same place. We think the Internet can bring the same kind of immediacy to presidential debates that it has to other aspects of the political process."

"We're opening the doors of democracy for American voters to participate in the Presidential debates like never before," said Scott Moore, head of news and information, Yahoo!. "Armchair politics will take on new meaning this election season, as we're offering voters the opportunity to ask the candidates what's on their mind."

About Yahoo! Elections 2008

Yahoo! Elections (http://elections.yahoo.com) is a destination for voters to connect with the people, candidates and communities most important to them this election season. The site is made up of key Yahoo! social media properties, including Answers, Groups, Flickr, News, MyBlogLog, Yahoo! Video and Upcoming.org. The site also features a comprehensive election news offering, including breaking news, opinion and commentary, and video reports from the nation's leading news providers. Yahoo! Elections is working with the campaigns for all officially announced candidates on ways they can interact with voters on the Yahoo! Town Hall platform, offering a valuable platform for reaching millions of voters on a daily basis.

About The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post has become, according to The New York Times, "a well-known, oft-cited news media brand in the blink of an eye." The Web site has over 3 million unique users and over 70 million page views. Later this spring, the site will expand its original political reporting. Also, in conjunction with newassignment.net, The Huffington Post will be adding an entirely new dimension to coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, deploying hundreds of volunteers to report and blog on the race and add their unique perspectives on American politics. The Huffington Post continues to provide breaking news and opinion from more than 900 contributors from the worlds of politics, entertainment and media.

About Slate

Slate Magazine is an award-winning Web site that offers fresh angles on stories in the news and innovative entertainment coverage. Slate won the 2006 and 2005 EPpy awards for Best Internet News Service (over 1 million monthly visitors) and the 2005 EPpy award for Best Internet Entertainment Service (over 1 million monthly visitors). Slate can be found on the Web at www.slate.com and is owned by The Washington Post Company. Slate attracts over five million unique visitors each month.

SOURCE: Yahoo!

Yahoo! Public Relations
Brian Nelson, 310-907-2748
bnelson@yahoo-inc.com
or
Ken Sunshine Consultants for The Huffington Post
Dave Cirilli, 212-691-2800
cirilli@kensunshineconsultants.com
or
Slate Public Relations
Kris Coratti, 703-469-2673
Kris.Coratti@wpni.com

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