1. The broadcast I watched had a split-screen, so that viewers at home were able to see both candidates. However, section 9 (a) (v) of the memo of understanding says:
When a candidate is speaking, either in answering a question, or making his closing statement, TV coverage will be limited to the candidate speaking.Clearly this rule was violated.
2. The Democratic National Committee released a video entitled "Faces of Frustration," which shows clips of George Bush's reaction while Kerry is speaking. While I might argue that it's more like "Faces of Disgust," it still seems to be in violation of rule 5 (e), which states:
Neither film footage nor video footage nor any audio excerpts from the debates may be used publicly by either candidate's campaign through any means, including but not limited to, radio, television, internet, or videotapes, whether broadcast or distributed in any other manner.Unless someone wants to argue that the DNC is not part of Kerry's campaign, which although technically true, seems like a ridiculous argument, considering that they went so far as to consider the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to be part of Bush's campaign, doing his "dirty work." Take a look at the DNC's bylaws. Article 1, Section 1:
The Democratic Party of the United States of America shall: Nominate and assist in the election of Democratic candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United Statesor this, from their website:
Function of the Committee: The Democratic National Committee plans the Party's quadrennial presidential nominating convention; promotes the election of Party candidates with both technical and financial support...technically, not Kerry-Edwards '04...just spending money and working in an organized, active way towards the same goal. Someone remind me what the definition of 'campaign' is? Once again, I guess the rules change depending on who's breaking them.
P.S. Even if you don't feel that the DNC is part of Kerry's campaign, then I'd like to find out who the video footage belongs to--how did the DNC get it? If Kerry's people gave it to them, it would then still seem to violate rule 5 (e) which prevents the campaign from using it "through any means" whether "broadcast or distributed in any other manner." I would argue that prevents the campaign from distributing it to another group (the DNC) to be used publicly. If the footage belongs to a specific network, then that should be made clear too. Did the network sell the rights to the footage to a clearly partisan group like the DNC?
UPDATE: Looks like the Bush camp may have broken the rules, too. On GeorgeWBush.com, they have a video titled "global test" that shows John Kerry speaking, with a voice-over talking about the debate--specifically, Kerry's "global test." Now, I should point out that it simply shows Kerry giving a speech--I can't quite tell if it's from the debate or not, and there is no audio. However, the voice over clearly refers to the debate, so even if it's NOT actual debate footage, it is certainly presented that way.