Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Obama, Edwards snub Fox and Detroit to play to their base

In the Washington Post Obama to Skip Fox-Sponsored Debate its reported that both Barak Obama and John Edwards are not going to attend the Democratic presidential debate sponsored by Fox and the Congressional Black Congress (hardly a stronghold of the right) to be held in Detroit (Detroit is a liberal stronghold).
Democrats have been under pressure from liberal activists to avoid Fox-hosted debates. . . . Democratic critics complain that the network displays a conservative bias in its news broadcasts.
yeesh, its democratic debate, its not even going to have any republiucans participate, whats the complaint?

Barak's representative gave the following non-explanation:
Obama, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, will take part in a different debate hosted by the CBC Institute and CNN in January.

"CNN seemed like a more appropriate host," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.
Nice to see acknowledgement of CNN's liberal bias by the left, but this banning of Fox from hosting Democratic Party debates is petty and vindictive at best, and kow-towing to the far-left nutroots in an effort to make a few cheap political percentage points in the presidential primary race at worst.

Let's see if Hillary Clinton follows the trend or defies the complainers and shows up on Fox, debates and gets her message across.

Update: Ah, that was quick, Clinton, not one to dissappoint expectations when it comes to playing to the base, showed the same level of courage as her fellow candidates and is also skipping the debate: As reported in the Washington Post
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) yesterday joined former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) in deciding to skip a debate scheduled for September that Fox News is co-sponsoring with the Congressional Black Caucus.

Liberal activists, particularly the online group Moveon.org, have called for Democratic presidential candidates not to participate in debates by Fox

No comments: