Democrats Still Fear Fox News

by Sean Hackbarth

The DNC released their list of sponsored Presidential debates:

CNN and NBC get two and ABC and CBS get one each. Fox News isn’t included. Here’s the list:

July 23, 2007: YouTube/Google and CNN in Charleston, SC

August 19, 2007: ABC in Des Moines, IA

September 26, 2007: NBC News/MSNBC in Hanover, NH

October 30, 2007: NBC News/MSNBC in Philadelphia, PA

November 15, 2007: CNN in Las Vegas, NV

December 10, 2007: CBS in Los Angeles, CA

Howard Dean, M.D. shut out Fox News preventing the netroots from screaming. They also avoid a even attempting to talk to an entire group of voters. I fear I’m repeating myself but elections are about getting people to vote for you. You have to go to where voters are. Fox News is the number one cable news channel.

Roger Simon writes,

What does this mean?

Well, it obviously attests to the extreme need for ideological purity on the part of the Democrats, even in an era when such purity has clearly shown itself to be fake (cf. Bill Clinton, whose actual policies may be seen to be to the right of George Bush’s from a conventional perspective.) More than that, however, it signals a kind of breakdown in the democratic process in which one side or another can refuse to submit to questioning from its opponent.

You could call that “stonewalling” or perhaps, more pejoratively, “censorship”. But I think there’s a simpler word – cowardice.

The Good Lt. at The Jawa Report gets hyperbolic, but in a good way:

I have never seen such a craven bunch of sniveling, spoiled little pansies in my entire life.

If they can’t handle FOX, how will they handle al-Qaeda? They won’t. They’re cowards and pathetic miscreants.

By ignoring Fox News Democrats avoid presenting their message before politically-interested viewers. The coverage they’re getting now tells them they’re not even worthy of being talked to. By stiffing Fox News the Democrats insult potential voters.

Debates: DNC Announces Six; Two On CNN, Two On NBC/MSNBC” [via memeorandum]

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5 Responses to “Democrats Still Fear Fox News”

1

I’ll repeat myself from an earlier post–the treatment of Ron Paul (and the revelations about how FOX News and Giuliani were doing business together up until after he announced his candidacy) pretty much shows me that the choice to shut out FOX from the Dem debates was the correct one.

Well, it obviously attests to the extreme need for ideological purity on the part of the Democrats

WHAT. A. JOKE. And what are the Republicans looking for right now? Honest dissent from the party line?

2

I dunno, you’d think a live debate would be a good chance for dems to get their actual message across on Fox News without the chance for fox to cut out the choice parts or whatever.

But why care about getting your real message out to people who only get the spin? :p

3

I dunno, you’d think a live debate would be a good chance for dems to get their actual message across on Fox News without the chance for fox to cut out the choice parts or whatever.

How do you do that when you get 90 seconds, if that, to respond to loaded questions from the “moderator?”

How do you do that in front of an audience ready and willing to laugh their asses off at “i’m looking for Jack Bauer” or “spent more than John Edwards at a beauty shop?” Way to raise the level of discourse…

4

Here’s more of what i’m talking about, Matt:

Wallace: “Congressman Paul, you’re one of six house Republicans who back in 2002 voted against authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq. Now you say we should pull our troops out. A recent poll found that 77% of Republicans dissaprove of the idea of setting a timetable for withdrawal. Are you running for the nomination of the wrong party?”

Please. Explain to me how that is not a loaded question. Instead of asking “please elaborate on your position on this issue,” he’s asking “Aren’t you really a Democrat in disguise?” The moderator doesn’t want to hear about Paul’s position; he wants to put him on the defensive and paint him as a RINO, even though he’s probably the most pure conservative in the running. In what universe is this not a complete circus?

5

heh, well I don’t bother watching most of the debates so I guess you got me. On the other hand it’s not like the candidates ever respond to the actual questions that are asked anyway.

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