So the Democrats have decided to back out of the planned Nevada debate, hosted by Fox News. It’s a free country, of course, and so the donky party is free to bow down to pressure from the lefty blogosphere. But of course, regular middle-of-the-road Americans are free, also, to draw their own conclusions about the Democrats, and who they listen to.
David Rhodes, a Fox VP, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal:
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.
Interestingly, the editorial page of the same paper, the Review-Journal, made the same point as Rhodes. Under the headline, “Meltdown Over Fox,” wise heads wrote, “Liberals’ aversion to Fox News has finally gone over the top.”
The edit page observed that the goal of the Nevada Democratic Party was to get more attention to the Silver State’s January presidential caucus—now the second the nation. Given that Nevada is a solidly red state at the presidential level, the Review-Journal asked, “What better way for the party to reach conservative and ‘values’ voters who might consider changing allegiances?”
But, the paper continued:
The socialist, Web-addicted wing of the Democratic Party was apoplectic. The prospect of having to watch Fox News to see their own candidates would have been torture in itself. So they set the blogosphere aflame with efforts to kill the broadcast arrangement, or at least have all the candidates pull out of the event.
And that’s what happened. The lefty blogospheroids prevailed. First they peeled away John Edwards, and then the entire Nevada Democratic party.
Further reading: Broadcasting &Cable‘s John Eggerton adds his voice to the debate over debates…
Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Fox?
When Roger Ailes is right, he’s right. And he’s right. The Fox News Chairman/CEO warned political candidates Thursday night not to get pressured into bypassing his news operation by groups that don’t like the way it reports the news, saying it would be a “terrible mistake.
I might not have phrased it that way, but I can understand his unhappiness. He was receiving a First Amendment award and boycotts of news organizations are anathema to the free flow of information.
The Fox News Channel is the top-rated cable news channel, watched by millions of people. Fox TV station newscasts are on when a lot of people who have to get up early and go to work for a living can see them and still function at 6. a.m.
Whatever you think of its news coverage—and apparently a lot of people think a lot of it—it is an important voice in TV news.
Presidential candidates are adults and can refuse to answer a question if it seems over the top, or perhaps if they are smart enough, turn such questions to their advantage.
That’s strong stuff. And then Eggerton concludes:
Shame on John Edwards for pulling out of that Nevada debate under pressure from moveon.org. It looks like a cave, or a wilt, or a knee-jerk, or a turn-tail or something. But whatever it is, it was the wrong move.
And of course, since this powerful piece was published, the whole Democratic Party has followed Edwards ‘ lead. So shame on all of them.
Reposted from The Cable Game, 10 March 2007