John Edwards made an important decision in this very early Democratic Primary season. He decided to back out of the September 23rd debate in Detroit hosted by Fox News.
I am calling on Senators Clinton and Obama to follow suit. Fox News has shown itself to be an organization that is little more than an add on to the Republican National Committee. In my view it would be a mistake for the Democratic candidates to participate in any event that gives Fox News any credibility as a news organization. They will use the event to explain how "Fair and Balanced" they are while using their pundits to attack Democratic candidates and positions both before and after the debate.
The time has come for the Democratic party in particular, and the Progressive movement in general, to finally take action against an organization that calls itself a news organization but is in constant attack mode when it comes to Democrats. For a decade now the left has stood by and said very little and done even less on this issue. The time of Democrats being afraid to offend Fox News in the fears of losing votes should be over. The time for taking strong positions against our political enemies is now. The message should be sent to the masses that we will no longer stand by and watch progressives being swift boated by a network that reminds its viewers how "fair and balanced" they are dozens of times each day.
The plain fact is that Senator Edwards "gets" it and he stands to benefit from taking a stand on an important issue this early in the campaign. If the others follow suit then they and we all will benefit from exposing Fox News for what it really is, the mouthpiece of the RNC