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Cable News Networks Shun Third-Party Debate Taking Place On Tuesday

While Monday marks the end of the U.S. presidential debates for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, it won’t be the end of the debate season for everyone.

Third-party candidates, including Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein, will be holding their own debate on Tuesday , although major cable networks such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are refusing to air it.

The most prominent network planning to broadcast the third-party debate is Al Jazeera English. Bob Wheelock, executive producer for Al Jazeera English’s American operations, told the Huffington Post the move was “a no-brainer” for the network.

"We've covered the presidential debates and vice presidential debate thus far," Wheelock said. "Our philosophy is to treat this one the same way. It's another voice in this country that we respect and believe should have a forum and an outlet."

Former CNN mainstay Larry King will be moderating the debate in Chicago, although his former cable news home has refused to air the nonmainstream candidates as they spar over their policies. However, besides appearing on the Al Jazeera English channel, the debate will also be carried live online. C-Span has reportedly expressed interest in showing the debate, as well.


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