TPMCafe’s Election Central is reporting that John Edwards will refuse to participate in a debate co-sponsored by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus. He will participate in another CBC debate broadcast on CNN. Good for him. Sure, he doesn’t want to alienate black voters, but he sees it as a no-win situation to appear on a channel that is a Republican propaganda organ. The campaign said:
“…we believe there’s just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending they’re objective. If there was any uncertainty as to Fox’s objectivity, it was put to rest when they attacked Democratic candidates, Democratic constituency groups, and the Nevada Democratic party when their last proposed debate was cancelled for lack of support.”
Let’s hope that this signals the start of a widespread move by all the candidates to show some backbone and refuse to be complicit in Fox News’ smears.