The September 23rd Democratic debate sponsored by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute has been cancelled. Clinton and Obama's camp had previously indicated that they would not participate.
CBC chairman U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote that the "overwhelming number of party presidential debates has created a scheduling challenge. Revisiting the CBC Institute's debate schedule will allow the time necessary to complete all debate logistics in an effective manner."
Rescheduling is pointless. Obama recently announced that he was not going to accept any more debate invitations beyond those already scheduled, and Clinton and Edwards will both turn down any debates scheduled by Fox.
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann recently criticized the suggestion that Democrats boycott Fox News debates, stating "I don't know if I would have advised (the candidates) to avoid free television time, whether it's on Fox or Al Jazeera." CBS's Public Eye weighed in as well:
America's media landscape is already polarized enough. Partisans listen to their own radio shows, watch their own media outlets and generally seek out information that reinforces their political leanings. The Democratic presidential candidates are missing out on an opportunity to get their message out, confront the channel they view as a foe, and define themselves in their own words, rather than letting themselves be defined by what they see as Fox's mischaracterizations.
I disagree. Fox News is not a legitimate news organization, and it practices a unique mix of tabloid journalism combined with outright propagandizing. Appearing in a debate on Fox lends legitimacy to an organization that doesn't deserve it.
Being straight with the American people is a quality that's been lacking in the White House for sometime now, and any candidate who pretends that Fox News is actually a legitimate, bona fide news outlet -- just to get free face time on television -- is stooping too low.
It's refreshing to see candidates who are standing on principals. Saying "No!" to Fox News is the right answer.
Here's a YouTube video from an ordinary citizen who caught Fox in a lie back in 2006. There are hundreds of examples of Fox News pulling stunts like this all over the internet, as the screen captures above illustrate as well.
Removing the coaching changed the context entirely. Appearing on a Fox News debate is tantamount to endorsing that kind of of gutter journalism.
More Faux News Follies:
- Newshounds - "We watch Fox News so you don't have to."
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