Monday, May 21, 2007

Democratic Debates On Fox News A Bad Idea


Jim Johnson blasts the netroots for urging Democratic candidates to boycott the Fox News presidential debate.

The netroots celebrated. Self-congraulations. Pats on the back all around.

Looking back, it is possible to say this was a big mistake.

Consider this: a large portion - maybe even a majority - of the people who watch Fox news are Republicans. Yes, part of the reason is because Fox panders to them. Part of the reason is because Republicans feel more comfortable watching Fox than other “liberal media” outlets.

I can go further. Fox News is the official network for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Fox News: Fair and Balance

It's easy to imagine Fox News throwing Sean Hannity in, at the last minute, to moderate the debate. Fox News isn't afraid to promote fear to the advantage of Republicans. The network was pumping Hamas before the midterm elections. THey continued after the results were in. THe memo shows Fox News leading their viewers to believe that terrorists support Democrats.

Fox News Internal Memo

Johnson misses the point. It's not reaching out to Republicans that the netroots is worried about. (Although, that isn't the goal.) It's that Fox News is the RNC PR machine. It is not in the network's interest to have a "fair and balanced" debate.

Jin Johnson responds.

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At May 21, 2007 4:48 PM , Blogger Vox Populi said...

Yeah, that's when I really wonder about Jim .... he tries to mislead and because he does it so politely ....

I am very pleased with this boycott. I give Obama and Edwards and Gravel and Kucinich credit enough for this to pay more attention to them and to be more supportive.
Jim tried to mislead about Julie Brown too and then never answered up to what she was found to have done in her campaign. I'm still wanting to hear what he has to say about THAT.
The GOP thinks if they say something enough, people will believe it.
Put a rubber on the Titanic and send it out to sail again. (the whole bush presidency)

They're scared. Dems found their backbone, they have Dean. I agree with you about the DCL and with Tas about the need for communication anyway. LOL. Only it won't be me. Someone else will have to do that, I haven't enough patience.

At May 22, 2007 1:01 AM , Blogger tas said...

I love this line:

Consider this: a large portion - maybe even a majority - of the people who watch Fox news are Republicans.

"Maybe even a majority"? What, did socialists start watching Fox News en masse, too? Or maybe it's those damn illegals crossing the border, watching Fox News and tipping the scales...


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