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.
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.
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.