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VIEWPOINT: YouTube adds twists to politics

Published 08/01/2007

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The headline atop the Charleston City Paper, the weekly newspaper here, summed up the mood best: “Somebody save us from a YouTube democracy.” And that was from this city's alternative paper. Weeks before the CNN-YouTube Democratic presidential debate got under way last week, the prevailing wisdom in the political press corps was that the new format - “an experiment,” as moderator Anderson Cooper called it - was nothing more than a stunt.

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