The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Fox News, co-sponsors of a debate scheduled for Sept. 23, dropped the project after leading Democrat candidates planned to skip the event because … get this now … Fox News is accused of being biased against Democrats. HA!
The campaigns of U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards had said they would not participate in the debate. Opponents have criticized Fox as biased against Democrats.
The debate, co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, was to have been held at the Fox Theatre.
Institute chairman U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement on the group’s Web site that the “overwhelming number of party presidential debates has created a scheduling challenge.”
“Revisiting the CBC Institute’s debate schedule will allow the time necessary to complete all debate logistics in an effective manner,” he said. The group had said it planned to sponsor two Democratic and two Republican presidential debates.
Scheduling challenge? Doubtful. After all, CBC sought out Fox for the debate.
Captain Ed breaks down further why it really has nothing to do with a scheduling challenge.
For the Democrats, this completes a rather sorry episode in which they ran like frightened children from the nation’s most popular cable-news channel. The Republicans came under scorn for resisting the YouTube debate on CNN, but most of them have already agreed to a rescheduled CNN/YouTube event closer to the primaries. Pundits and bloggers claimed that the GOP was running scared. The GOP, however, has already done a debate with talking head Chris Matthews as a moderator, while the Democrats have not bothered to venture into any forum less friendly than Keith Olbermann’s studio.
So what about it, liberals? Are you capable of consigning the slightest criticism of your party for running from not only the vicious Brit Hume, but your scornful attitude towards certain votes from the CBC?