For the second time in the campaign, Democratic presidential hopefuls are giving Fox News Channel the brush-off by declining invitations to participate in debates cosponsored by the cable news channel.
Fulfilling a role he played last month, John Edward's was the first candidate to say no thanks to the debate — which is scheduled for September and cosponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton followed suit on Monday, leaving the future of the event up in the air.
Edward's received a great deal of applause from Democratic activists when he was the first to back out of a debate last month that was to be CO-hosted by Fox and the Nevada Democratic Party. That entire event ended up canceled after Democrats took umbrage at comments made by Fox News head Roger Ailes about Barrack Abeam — but it appears the underlying dynamic is much larger than that.
As Edward's' deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince explained in a statement about the Fox-CBC event: "There's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending to be objective." That's a theme being sounded by Democratic Bloggers and activists online, many of whom have been calling for candidates to boycott these Fox News events.
We all can agree I think that Fox would be setting and advancing the right wing agenda and as they routinely do they do a lousy job of lying about it. There's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda and it doesn't take a left wing Blogger to come to that opinion. Anyone with an unbiased equal minded opinion can come to the logical opinion that Fox News is not friendly to Democrats regardless of what they say.
I think turning down Fox to televise debates is a win win for Democrats. It tells people on both sides where they stand and they are no longer going to be played by Republicans. My question is this! I know the underhanded Republicans are forcing Democrats to have to do this in the name of putting a stop to the childish Partisan politics practiced by the right.
But what kind of precedence is this setting? It should be good but will this lead to a wider political divide? I agree with boycotting Fox but where is this headed?