Saturday, March 10, 2007

Democrats Losing Respect

A Nevada Democratic presidential debate that was to have been co-hosted by Fox News Network was canceled by organizers. The Nevada Democratic Party had agreed to let Fox co-sponsor an August debate in Reno between Democratic presidential candidates--wanting to draw national attention to the state's Jan '08 presidential caucus, second in the nation.

I have to say that Fox's participation would have guaranteed a wide, cross-over audience. But the story isn't that, its about the Democrats caving to the far-left sliver of their party (something they so often accuse (correctly sometimes) the Republicans of doing with the far-right).

Now there is an excuse: Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes made the following joke Thursday night speech to a group of radio and television news directors. "It's true that Barack Obama is on the move," Ailes said, "I don't know if it's true President Bush called [Pakistan President Pervez] Musharraf and said, 'Why can't we catch this guy?'" Now the CNN story inserted the followed in the middle of that quote: 'deliberately confusing the Illinois senator's name with that of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.' (emphasis is mine)

FOR SHAME, Roger...why would you use such a lame joke...

oh C'mon people. If anything Ailes just bashed the shit of President Bush, and did so by parodying a joke that's been ALL-OVER late night TV....OH MY GOD, STOP THE PRESSES. But that's not what got the Dems' panties in a bunch, it was that the devil-spawn FOX CEO dared to sully the name of the golden boy Barack.

Can you say 'Holy fucking overblown' Batman? The Las Vegas Review-Journal gave this stinging rebuke of the Democratic cowardice over this issue: "...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."

My take: this psuedo-"moral outrage" is a joke. No political party cares about that stuff, and NO politican seeking the highest office in the land should turn from a chance to be seen voters. This just confirms that a little sliver of the Democratic Party feels like IT should control everything. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and this is part of the reason. The holier-than-thou shit from both sides sickens me.

Watch FOX News, I dare you. I watch every major Network and Cable New channel on one station thanks to the Armed Forces Network. I've seen MSNBC go off the radical left deep-end with coverage so biased I can only shake my head. Network NBC and CBS are slightly better, ABC under Charles Gibson is doing very well trying to cut it down the middle as is CNN. PBS (NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) is impeachable. As for FOX - it depends on the show. Certain shows most assuredly lean right-of-center, but most shows are quite careful to have folks on-the-air showcasing the opposite of the argument, and to be fair, AFN does not have enough time to broadcast them all (we get O'Reilly, Shep Smith, Special Report, Hannity and Colmes, and we did get Cavuto for a while). It has some broad panel shows that has a wide variety of left, center and right commentators/contributors. My personal favorite is Special Report with Brit Hume.


Anonymous said...

You yourself sound like a Fox news apologist here. The Democrats didn't cancel over one joke. They never took the Fox offer to broadcast the debate all that seriously.

They don't need Fox to reach viewers. They would have been doing Fox a favor by allowing it to show the debate.

It's funny if that wasn't already obvious to you, or did you swallow all the Republican nonsense raw?

Micc said...

They took the offer seriously enough to accept it.

I could care less what I "sound like" I watch all the news and the vagaries of the this political hemming and hawing over stupid things is what's at issue.

Of course they don't "need" Fox to reach viewers, but you know what it the Dems want to be serious centrists with a message for everyone, they cannot shun FOX just because dyed-in-the-wools hippies hate it

Scroll down, I think Ann Coulter's anti-gay faggot comment about John Edwards was despicable

Anonymous said...

"They took the offer seriously enough to accept it."

HAHAHA. You're joking right?

It was going to be cancelled from the beginning, joke or no joke. The Fox "news" network is a complete joke anyway.

The Democrats deserve respect just for being open minded enough to even consider Fox.

Obama himself said the joke doesn't matter to him. It was actually funny.
Most intelligent voters see that the joke was on Bush, not Obama.

Fox can keep telling Bush jokes all it wants. It's about time they got a sense of humor over there.

BTW, where's yours? Move along, Micc, there's no story here. LOL.

Micc said...

dude if you seriously believe that they'd go through the hassle of accepting only to play a "big joke" on FOX, puh-lease....

I liked Obama's reaction to the whole thing, he's grounded, I think if he can steer clear of being "too coached" per his political responses (a problem that plagues Hillary) that he's got a great chance to win the nomination.

I didn't say it was this huge story. Its something that caught my eye and make me shake my head - so I blogged it. I think the Dems blew a good chance to show a bit of inclusiveness, not much funny about that...but there you have it

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