Fox Boxed Out by Democrats

No Debate Love During Primary Season

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In what's sure to be considered a victory by the Netroots crowd, Howard Dean's Democratic National Committee unveiled its official debate schedule for the primary season and Fox News is conspicuously absent.

Here's the list:
  • July 23, 2007: YouTube/Google and CNN* in Charleston, SC
  • August 19, 2007: ABC in Des Moines, IA
  • September 26, 2007: NBC News/MSNBC** in Hanover, NH
  • October 30, 2007: NBC News/MSNBC** in Philadelphia, PA
  • November 15, 2007: CNN* in Las Vegas, NV
  • December 10, 2007: CBS in Los Angeles, CA

The press release explains the asterisks as follows: "*Debate will be simulcast on CNN en Espanol. **Telemundo will re-broadcast both debates."

Earlier this year, the Democratic Party was slated to conduct a debate on Fox News. But pressure from progressive activists and a withdrawal by John Edwards -- combined with some ill-timed fighting words from Fox Chairman-CEO Roger Ailes -- led the party to pull the plug on the debate.

We still stand by our original opinion that, though understandable considering the relationship between Fox and the Democratic Party, it's a foolish move by the Democrats. In a race in which swing voters and many Republicans are looking for an alternative, the party's passing up a golden opportunity to change some minds.
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