The Democratic Party of Nevada has come to it’s senses and backed out of the deal they made with Fox to host a democratic presidential debate this August:
March 9, 2007
Fox News Political Programs
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A month ago, the Nevada Democratic Party entered into a good faith agreement with FOX News to co-sponsor a presidential debate in August. This was done because the Nevada Democratic Party is reaching out to new voters and we strongly believe that a Democrat will not win Nevada unless we find new ways to talk to new people.
To say the least, this was not a popular decision. But it is one that the Democratic Party stood by. However, comments made last night by FOX News President Roger Ailes in reference to one of our presidential candidates went too far. We cannot, as good Democrats, put our party in a position to defend such comments.
In light of his comments, we have concluded that it is not possible to hold a Presidential debate that will focus on our candidates and are therefore canceling our August debate. We take no pleasure in this, but it is the only course of action.
Chairman, Nevada State Democratic Party
U.S. Senator (D-NV)
You can view Ailes remarks on YouTube. After making several snarky remarks about the French, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama (whom he compares with Osama bin Laden- haha), he whines about the pressure for Democratic leaders to boycott Fox News due it’s ongoing and obvious bias against Democrats and liberals in general.
What is amusing is that this speech was given as an acceptance speech for the First Amendment Leadership Award for work on behalf of press freedom. Who will be honoured next, Borat? Seriously though. Fox News has been President Bush’s personal cheerleader since the beginning and is little more than a front for the Republican Party.
That would be the president and political party that has actively worked to undermine freedom of the press in America:
The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of Ã¢â‚¬Å“national securityÃ¢â‚¬Â to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his Ã¢â‚¬Å“war on terrorism.Ã¢â‚¬Â The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognise the mediaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism.
We are tied at number 53 with Tonga, Botswana and Croatia. You know, “those” countries – the ones that arrest journalists that publish things the government doesn’t like.