Netroots Blast Nevada Democrats for FOX Debate
Outraged that the Nevada Democratic Party decided to have their candidate debate on the cable news network with the largest national audience, the Netroots are springing into action, with DailyKos, MyDD, MoveOn.org and BlogPAC urging their minions to TAKE ACTION by sending a form email to the Powers That Be.
The source of this outrage? FOX analysts and the network’s graphics department summarized the last Democratic debate they hosted in ways some might consider unflattering:
[C]onsider the September 9, 2003 Democratic debate in Baltimore, Maryland, hosted by Fox News in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus. Fox News graphics, as well as a banner over the stage, titled the event as the “Democrat Candidate Presidential Debate,” a misconstruction of “Democrat” used as an an epithet. Fox News then summarized the debate with a story titled, “Democratic Candidates Offer Grim View of America,” continuing with such jabs as, “The depiction of the president as the root of all evil began at the top of Tuesday night’s debate….” Controversial questions included the accusation that Howard Dean had a racist gun policy by Fox News analyst Juan Williams. There were also multiple interruptions by protesters throughout the debate, leading to four arrests.
I’ve written before about the “Democrat Party” nonsense and agree that it should stop. And I can’t imagine that the Democrats weren’t offering a pretty grim view of America on the eve of the 2004 elections. That’s what opposition parties do.
More importantly, though, it wouldn’t be hard to go through transcripts of Republican debates on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, or elsewhere that had unflattering language used against conservatives, the Christian Right, and so forth. Indeed, the perception that the other networks are biased to the left is one reason FOX caught on as it did.
Regardless, I like the BlogPAC suggestion:
It would be better to do this on MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, or just stream it on the Internet where progressive blogs can carry it.
In the spirit of bipartisan comity (Or is that comedy? I can never remember.) I hereby call for all future debates to be hosted exclusively on Outside The Beltway. It’s the least I can do for the good of the Republic.