John Edwards says no to FOX News debate in Nevada

by Marie Therese, News Hounds

News Hounds and other blogs have been supporting the attempt by Nevada Democrats to force the party leadership to overturn a deal they made that would allow FOX News to host one of the Democratic Presidential debates in that state. Well, it looks like this grass roots effort has achieved its first success. According to Daily Kos, Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards has decided to withdraw from the debate!

Kos (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga) writes that he is sure the Nevada Democrats are "cursing whoever it was that negotiated the deal with Fox News." He goes on to say that the "Democratic Party decision maker ... is still secret. Everyone claims they don't know who signed the deal."

Here's the statement released by John Edwards' campaign office:

"We will not be participating in the Fox debate. We're going to make lots of appearances in Nevada, including debates. By the end of March, we will have attended three presidential forums in Nevada - and there are already at least three proposed Nevada debates. We're definitely going to debate in Nevada, but we don't see why this needs to be one of them."

Edwards' withdrawal is the first in what we hope will be many defections.

We News Hounds know that FOX News cannot be trusted to act in an honorable way towards Democratic candidates.

Witness their overblown, inaccurate reports about Obama's childhood, Al Gore's energy use and John Edwards liberal bloggers. And who can forget the Chris Wallace ambush of former President Bill Clinton? Thankfully, it backfired. Clinton made mincemeat out of Mr. Wallace!

However, we all know that FOX News Channel's anchors, reporters and pundits will smirk, smear and slime their way through every word uttered at any Democratic debate, whether they sponsor it or not.

To help us in this effort to unseat FOX News Channel, you can go to FOX Attacks and sign the petition, especially if you live in Nevada!

article originally published at http://www.newshounds.us/2007/03/07/john_edwards_says_no_thanks_to_fox_news_deba....

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