TED: Yes to "Drying your Hands," No to "Income Inequality."
May 16, 2012 9:43 PM Subscribe
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"I can say with confidence that rich people don't create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small," said über-rich venture capitalist Nick Hanauer in a March 1st TEDx talk, which TED is refusing to put on its website.
When asked why, TED curator Chris Anderson stated that "We have a general policy to avoid talks that are overtly partisan
, and to avoid talks that have received mediocre audience ratings."
Was it overly partisan or mediocre? When Geekwire asked, Hanauer stated that he got a standing ovation
In a discussion on Reddit, user TEDChris, reportedly the TED curator Chris Anderson, states that "The trouble with this talk is that it tackled the issue in a way that was explicitly partisan, framing it as a critique of "an article of faith" for Republicans. TED is avowedly non-partisan. We want to share ideas in a way that brings people together, doesn't throw sand in their faces.
The National Journal has posted the full text of the speech here