Hate Politics? You Should Probably Steer Clear of YouTube for Awhile

Paul Lilly

Certain subjects, no matter how delicately presented, almost always seem to ignite flame wars on the Internet (feel free to make liars of us). Politics is one of them, and if you have an aversion to politics, well, you have our sympathies, this being an election year and all. Let us also offer some advice: Stay away from YouTube for a few days, because starting tonight, the video sharing site will begin live streaming the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

The schedule is as follows:

  • October 3 at 9:00PM ET: Presidential
  • October 11 at 9:00PM ET: Vice Presidential
  • October 16 at 9:00PM ET: Presidential
  • October 22 at 9:00PM ET: Presidential

You can also catch the debates on TV, of course, but if you're stuck behind a PC and/or would otherwise prefer to watch President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney exchange barbs on a computer monitor, YouTube will be streaming them as they happen, in real-time.

"In addition to the live broadcast of the debates, we will also have commentary and analysis from our eight YouTube Election Hub partners -- ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision and the Wall Street Journal -- each of whom will be be providing their own unique live and on-demand coverage of the four debates before, during and after. And Univision will also offer a version of the debates translated into Spanish, live," YouTube announced in a blog post.

On the flip side to our above disclaimer, if you live and breathe politics, be sure to stop by YouTube's 2012 Election channel for a ton of related content.

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