Friday, March 09, 2007

Bad Move For Democrats?

I've been reading about the foofaraw surrounding the Fox News sponsored debate in Nevada for the Democratic candidates and I have to say, I'm not as thrilled about this as everyone else is.

I agree with the sentiment of the argument: Fox is not a legitimate news agency and has an editorial stance governed by right-wing looneys. I don't think there's much of an argument even from the right-wing looneys on that score.

I also agree that something needs to be done to or about them. But I think that the Democrats refusing to participate on Fox "News" is going to send the wrong message. Fox is viewed by millions of people who feel that they are represented accurately by the coverage and that Fox really is fair and balanced. While I might argue the fact that I think they're wrong, the problem is that they aren't getting their news anywhere else. In a time when politics can be extremely polarizing (granted, a lot of the polemecism is caused by Fox and it's pundits (read: Sean Hannity)) is it wise to alienate an entire group of people because you don't exactly agree with the editorial policies of the venue?

I can understand if these Democrats didn't want to speak at a KKK event, but to say, "I'm not going to speak anywhere in the entire state the KKK event is being held," is sort of childish.

I think given the chance, Democrats can seem quite reasonable to people on the right side of the aisle, the very people who get their news solely from Fox. And all they're doing by boycotting Fox is alienating those who feel Fox represents them and handing cans full of gasoline to windbags like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to ignite them with. Doesn't it also say to the people who are devoted to Fox news, "We don't care about you and aren't willing to work with you."?

I don't know, am I the only who feels like this is going to turn into a bad move, tantamount to some sort of tantrum, on the part of the Democrats?


Bob said...

I agree with you 100% on this.


Anonymous said...

As I get my news from Fox, CNN, MSNBC, YAHOO and Al Jazeera I feel you are wrong. I think no USA news agency is credible and all have hidden agendas. The bottom line, read all news sources far left and far right and find the middle.

As far as the fox news ban for democrats, in order to run the free world you need to stand up to people or countries. If you can't stand up to a Fox News then you shouldn't even be in the government whatsoever.