Sat, 10 March 2007
I am happy to announce that the Democratic Party of Nevada has decided to cancel the presidential candidate debate it had planned for August of this year. According to this article in the New York Times, the decision came after much pressure from MoveOn.org and progressive bloggers.
Fox News has never been a friend to the Democratic Party, and lately the organization and its employees have further damaged the network's image in progressive eyes (as if any shred of positive image ever existed).
Fox Network has found itself in plenty of hot water with the Barak Obama campaign, having made issue of his middle name, "Hussein," and spreading the lie that he had been educated in a madrassa. For this, Obama declared he would not appear on Fox News, and it is likely that the press corps following the Obama campaign might find itself a little less "Fox-y."
Then, there is the more recent episode of hoof-in-mouth disease experienced by Ann Coulter, who referred to Democratic candidate John Edwards as a "faggot." I blogged on this and her so-called "apology" earlier this week.
So it really should have come as no surprise that the members of the Nevada Democratic Caucus would have had their sanity questioned at the mere thought of considering hosting a Democratic debate on Fox News, much less actually scheduling it. But, at least they realized their mistake and pulled the debate before dealing a possibly deadly blow to Democrats' chances of winning back the White House in 2008.
What is amazing is that Fox News was shocked and surprised by the fact that the Democrats took a stand and canceled the debate. It was especially amusing to read the statement made by David Rhodes, the vice president for news at Fox News:
“News organizations will want to think twice before getting involved in the Nevada Democratic Caucus, which appears to be controlled by radical fringe out-of-state interest groups, not the Nevada Democratic Party. In the past, MoveOn.org has said they ‘own’ the Democratic Party. While most Democrats don’t agree with that, it’s clearly the case in Nevada.?
Gee, can we say "sour grapes?" MoveOn.org did not cancel the debate; the Nevada Democrats did. And, since when did talking some sense into people become "radical fringe?" Sounds like good judgment to me.
Thanks to everybody who acted on this issue and helped convince the Nevada Democrats to give up on the idea of a so-called "debate" on Fox.
Category:Extras -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT
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