Friday, March 09, 2007

D'uh...

HuffPo tells us that perhaps Dem Senate Leader Harry Reid is regaining his sanity.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Nevada Democratic Party announced today that they are backing out of a Fox News-sponsored presidential debate in August
I really don't care what excuse they give (Ailes dissing Obama) for their coming to their senses, this was a bad idea from the get-go. Having the propaganda arm of the Republican Party host and comment on the Democratic Party's leadership debate made shooting yourself in the foot look wise.

As Matt Stoller said:
The argument that we've made is not that the Fox News audience is bad in and of itself. [...] No, the problem that we have is that allowing Fox News to singlehandedly host the debate gives that channel the legitimacy of claiming to be a real news source. If the Democratic Party places its highest and most valuable political debate - that over our nominee to the Presidency - on Fox News, we are giving a Republican partisan news outlet the ability to argue that they are not biased. We force thousands of diehard Democrats to watch a Republican propaganda outlet, and allow Fox News to spin and impute meaning to the debate. This is a serious problem.

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