Why Are Dems Scared Of Fox News?

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    Dems say they will stand up to terrorists (despite their recent "Surrender At All Costs" bill) - yet they are afraid to debate on Fox News

    What is up with the Dems?

    So far no Republicans have refused to debate on CNN or MSNBC



    Will Deal with Syria and Iran, but Democrats Won't Give Fox News 'a Platform'
    Posted by Rich Noyes on April 9, 2007 - 13:08.
    So it seems the position of left-wing Democrats is to deal with the terrorist states of Syria and Iran -- but don't deal with Fox News because it just gives them "a platform." As noted in an earlier posting, Democratic candidate John Edwards had a fine time and voiced no complaints after participating in a pair of Fox News-sponsored debates in 2003, but now he's boycotting the highest-rated cable news network: (Updates added at the end.)

    Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday pulled out of a second debate co-hosted by Fox News Channel, saying the cable network has a conservative slant.

    The Edwards campaign said it will not attend the September 23 debate in Detroit hosted by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, but officials added that Edwards is "looking forward" to a different debate hosted by the institute and CNN in South Carolina in January 2008.

    "We believe there's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending they're objective," said Jonathan Prince, Edwards' deputy campaign manager.

    It's the second time Edwards has decided to skip a debate because of its affiliation with Fox News. Edwards decided in March that he would pass on an August 14 debate in Reno, Nevada, co-hosted by Fox News and the Nevada Democratic Party.

    UPDATE: I've been reminded that the GOP presidential candidates are debating at the Reagan Presidential Library next month, with MSNBC -- the network of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann -- doing the honors. As far as I know, there are no plans for the Republican candidates to flee the scene to protect themselves from MSNBC's bias (would you really want a president who couldn't stand up to Chris Matthews?), and you could imagine the rest of the media's reaction if there was an attempt at a boycott MSNBC.

    UPDATE 2: In today's "Best of the Web" from OpinionJournal.com, James Taranto has an Edwards quote from just last week from CNN (not a network he's boycotting): "I think that what America should be doing on the issue of Iraq is dealing directly with both the Syrians and the Iranians, and I don't know precisely what Speaker Pelosi is going to do in Syria, but we as a nation should be engaged with both the Iranians and the Syrians directly in helping stabilize Iraq. Both countries have an interest in a stabilized Iraq. They don't want refugees coming across their border, they don't want economic instability, and they don't want to see a broader Middle East conflict. And I think it makes sense to not on some ideological basis not deal with them, but to engage with both of them directly."--John Edwards, CNN, April 3

    http://newsbusters.org/node/11920
     
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    It seems your own post answered your question RSR. What more is there that you are failing to comprehend?

    Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday pulled out of a second debate co-hosted by Fox News Channel, saying the cable network has a conservative slant.

    "We believe there's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending they're objective," said Jonathan Prince, Edwards' deputy campaign manager.

    BTW. I'd sure like to see Dick Cheney on Bill Maher.

    Do you think that will ever happen?
     
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    That is a great talking pioit form libs

    Care to show where there is a conservative slant?


    As far as I know, there are no plans for the Republican candidates to flee the scene to protect themselves from MSNBC's bias (would you really want a president who couldn't stand up to Chris Matthews?), and you could imagine the rest of the media's reaction if there was an attempt at a boycott MSNBC.
     
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    Now if you said in contrast to the bolded that Edwards had said that he would not appear on O'Reilly or Hannity's shows, that would make sense.

    Truth is, Edwards implying that FOX News is biased, really warrants proof, which they would not find.
     
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    Edwards and the Dems are scared they might have to answer hard questions and not softballs
     
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    And I suppose that you are going to tell us that CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and a majority of print news don't have a liberal bias? Regardless of the corporate line at Fox News, I have seen more guests on their analysis show (O'Reilly, H&C, Fox News Watch) than I have ever seen on the other networks' comparable shows.

    While I am not fond of bias in the news (I have pretty much given up watching the cable news outlets over the last couple of months), it is a sad fact of life that it exists and shows no signs of diminishing any time soon.
     
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    It's sadly ironic that the Dems are afraid of the variety and proliferation of new media which enable "the little people" to speak out and to think for themselves.
     
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    watch the documentary "outfoxed" and then let's talk.
     
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    "some people say" that spoon feeding the "little people" the RNC talking points hardly helps them think for themselves.
     
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    I agree. I really don't see much difference in Fox's coverage than anyone else's. Perhpas it's what story/issue/event they choose to cover?
     

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