Dave Schwab: Jill Stein on Saturday Night Live?

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

If Donald Trump can get free airtime on NBC’s Saturday Night Live during campaign season, other qualified presidential candidates – like Jill Stein – should get the same opportunity.

After Trump’s SNL appearance, NBC posted an Equal Time notice – and we’ve put in a request that NBC give Jill Stein equal time to reach the American people.

Here’s the problem: mainstream media is notorious for stonewalling Equal Time requests.

To show NBC we’re serious about getting Jill on SNL, we need a groundswell of support. That’s where you can help.

Sign and share our petition to NBC to have Jill Stein on Saturday Night Live!

A huge way the corporate establishment maintains the political status quo is by locking out independent candidates from mainstream media. And of course the federal government keeps rewriting the equal time rule to shut out insurgent candidates.

But our campaign is determined to break through the lockout. The airwaves belong to the public. All candidates should be provided equal access. That is what real democracy would look like.

It’s Jill’s turn to be on national TV – sign and share and help make it happen!

Jill Stein is every bit as serious a candidate as Donald Trump. Except that instead of trying to buy the White House, Jill has built a growing national campaign through her tireless grassroots organizing, brilliant command of critical issues, and unflagging conviction that the American people can take our future back from the corporate elite.

Not to mention that Jill happens to be the most successful female presidential candidate in US history.

For all these reasons and more, Jill Stein deserves equal time with other presidential candidates – but to make it happen, we need your voice!

Sign our petition to NBC to invite Jill Stein to Saturday Night Live – and please share widely.

As more Americans see Jill Stein on TV and in debates, more and more will demand equal time and treatment for serious independent candidates like Jill. And that’s when the failed two-party system will really start to collapse – allowing real democracy to grow.

It’s in our hands!

Dave Schwab
Assistant Campaign Manager for Outreach
Jill Stein for President

16 thoughts on “Dave Schwab: Jill Stein on Saturday Night Live?

  1. Deran

    if ‘shoulds’ and ‘coulds’ were …

    Jill Stein lacks the hideous hair and the tendency toward outrageous bigotry to be found amusing enough for Saturday Night Live.

  2. Pete Blome

    Yeah, its sucks how private enterprise, government, and the major parties team up to discriminate against competition. But what Jill Stein wants is more government involvement to decide who gets what air time and when. She saw “free air time” and wasn’t getting any, and now wants to use government to force NBC to give her some.

    I know it hurts in the short term, but you do not fix a debt problem with more debt, you do not fix war with more wars, and you do not fix the problems of government intervention ( the “equal time rule,” however it is worded nowadays) with more intervention. But, then again, for the Greens this isn’t about justice, or what works best, it’s about free stuff and getting some of it.

    Remove the overlapping layers of privilege for private business caused by special government tax breaks, discriminatory regulation, and embedded privilege (like the “primary dealers” in banking who are the only ones who can directly buy government debt, and everyone else has to eat at their trough) and competition will naturally take over. This will give Jill Stein her forum (maybe even for free, if someone donates it) to get her ideas out without having to make everyone endure more control from bureaucrats, or suffer threats from government if they don’t comply from the moment they are born until the day they die.

    Sometimes I think despite the popular notion that the USA is a land of competing ideas (the one who gets rich is the person who makes a better mousetrap), the reality is more like “Competition? Oh, no thank you. It’s really quite dangerous don’t you know.”

  3. paulie

    It’s a petition to NBC to try to convince them she has enough support to put her on. There are some people trying to do the same thing with Gary Johnson, but since he hasn’t declared it’s a bit less organized. I have no doubt that Stein and the Greens would use government to force equal time for them if they could, but they can’t and unless I missed it they are not trying to do so here either.

  4. Pete Blome

    Well, I probably did read into it a little. But have no doubt the Greens would advocate more regulation of such things. How else are you going to ensure equal time to all candidates on the airwaves that “belong to the public” but are made useful by the private?

    The difference between Libertarians and just about everybody else here is we can do the same petition but our “you ought to do this” will not turn into a “you will do this, or else.”

  5. Green Party Voter

    There are Libertarian Greens – Conservative Greens – in the Green Party. Always have been.
    They would NOT advocate, nor push for the big Government measures.
    The Green Party is united on Grassroots Democracy. That means more citizens involved in our politics. The Green Party is united for the Green New Deal eco jobs for the economy. Cut taxpayer subsidies to ZERO for fossil fuel, big oil, big auto, big asphalt. Create Green New Deal Eco jobs for the economy. Solar jobs. Wind jobs. Geothermal jobs. Rail jobs. Build walkable, bikeable, pedestrian, rail friendly communities. The Green Party is united and fiscally conservative, and responsible: Bring troops and tax dollars home.
    Thanks for the story. You’re invited to watch Green Party Green TV.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPBJ3ktJ_gQ

  6. Rod Stern

    Independent Green Party of Virginia (nominated Chuck Baldwin) voter: thank you for the invitation to your internet video channel.

  7. Green Party Voter

    Rod Stern, if you’re going to tell a tale – tell the whole story.
    The Independent Green Party of Virginia reference. The Independent Green Party of Virginia in 2008 put Michael Bloomberg on their ballot line for President, and Ron Paul on their ballot line for Vice President. After about a month both Bloomberg and Ron Paul asked to withdraw their names. The Independent Green Party made the inclusive point that year that real Green Party – since it’s founding by Petra Kelly – has included Libertarians, Conservatives, Liberals, Progressives. That’s real American Green Grassroots Democracy. Let’s not get off track here.
    Pauli’s post is about Dr. Jill Stein’s Green Party work to expand inclusion in our political system. That is a fundamental Green Party value.
    Here’s an excellent Green Party Green TV with the progressive Green Party city council woman, and former mayor of Richmond, California Gayle McLaughlin.
    This show has a wealth of positive Green Party solutions, like Dr. Jill Stein would advocate, if NBC and Saturday Night Live gave her the opportunity.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRzf71BuKQQ

  8. Green Party Voter

    Green Party Green TV is broadcast in 16 states. Green Party Green TV airs three times a week on it’s flagship TV station in Virginia. Only after broadcast, is the program loaded to the internet.

  9. Rod Stern

    “Rod Stern, if you’re going to tell a tale – tell the whole story.”

    OK, sure.

    Independent Green Party of Virginia (nominated Mike Bloomberg and Ron Paul, then sold it to Chuck Baldwin when they refused the nomination) voter: thank you for the invitation to your internet video channel.

    This article was posted to IPR by Jed Ziggler, BTW.

  10. Pete Blome

    I’m wondering…first thing is the Independent Green Party of Virginia considered the same as the Green Party in general, and second have the Greens changed their positions on the role of government? I was on TV with a Green Party rep in 2008 (WSRE), and she basically advocated a government led, subsidized and incentivized plan for more eco friendly technologies. Is she old news?

  11. Rod Stern

    “I’m wondering…first thing is the Independent Green Party of Virginia considered the same as the Green Party in general,”

    Not by the Green Party in general. There’s a Green Party affiliate in Virginia, and they are separate.

    “and second have the Greens changed their positions on the role of government?”

    No.

    But, in the interest of fairness and before I forget, in addition to thanking Independent Green Party of Virginia (nominated Mike Bloomberg and Ron Paul, then sold it to Chuck Baldwin when they refused the nomination) voter for the invitation to his internet video channel, I also thank him for the invitation to move to Virginia so I can see the same videos on public access TV.

  12. Green Party Voter

    Peter, thanks for comment. My view is that the Green Party is a big tent. Dr. Jill Stein is the best, and most articulate Green Party spokesperson right now in the U.S. Dr. Stein has grown the Green Party, brought new people into the Green Party, and brought former Greens back to the Green Party. Dr. Stein speaks best for most Greens now. Dr. Bill Kreml, also seeking the Green Party nomination for President in 2016, is also a good gauge of what Green Party polices and views are supported by the majority of Green Party leaders and voters. That’s my view.
    Rod, thank you. You made me laugh. Satire is sweet as ever. Thank you gents for making this a discussion worth the read.

  13. Andy Craig

    “”I have no doubt that Stein and the Greens would use government to force equal time for them if they could, but they can’t and unless I missed it they are not trying to do so here either.””

    That’s how I took this line:.

    “”After Trump’s SNL appearance, NBC posted an Equal Time notice – and we’ve put in a request that NBC give Jill Stein equal time to reach the American people.””

    Notice and request is how the formal, legal Equal Time process works. So, I took this to mean Stein filed the same request as did a handful of other GOP candidates. However, Stein’s not eligible for that, legally, because she isn’t seeking the Republican nomination. If I understand it the Stein campaign is saying 1) that they filed an Equal Time request, 2) they have a petition encouraging that request be accepted.

    I do wonder, how they’d handle it if e.g. Stein declared that she was nominally seeking the GOP nomination as well (perhaps an amended Form 2), and maybe paid her $1000 to appear on the NHGOP primary ballot (filing just closed for that.) Would the government then be able to legally distinguish that she’s “really” a Green candidate and not a Republican one? I’m also a bit disappointed none of the lesser-known GOP candidates appeared to have claimed their 12 minutes from NBC, or if they did try to they were rejected.

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