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FOX In -- So Edwards Out of Democratic Debate

3/8/2007 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has decided to pull out of a Democratic primary debate in August, in part because it is being co-hosted by the FOX News Channel. A statement from the Edwards camp also cited "scheduling conflicts" as a reason for Edwards' decision -- which is the political version of "not interested."
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David Rhodes, FOX News Channel VP of News, issued a statement calling it "unfortunate that Sen. Edwards has decided to abandon an opportunity to reach the largest mainstream cable news audience in America." Maybe if Fox News didn't regularly use the services of one Ann Coulter, who last week called Edwards a fa**ot, he wouldn't have a problem with them!

The Democratic Party of Nevada's choice of FOX News as a co-host came under heavy scrutiny from such political websites as MoveOn.org Civic Action; the site has an online petition, which they say has over 260,000 signatures asking Dems of Nevada to drop FOX from the debate. It says, in part: "Fox is a mouthpiece for the Republican Party, not a legitimate news channel ... and should be dropped." Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action said, "We applaud John Edwards for sending a clear message to voters, the media, and other candidates: Fox is part of the right-wing smear machine and should not be treated like a legitimate news outlet."



Documentarian Robert Greenwald, whose website FoxAttacks.com made a short film about FOX News Channel just for the campaign, tells TMZ, "John Edwards has shown guts, leadership and brains in being the first candidate to say no to the partisan propaganda arm, sometimes called Fox. He is saluted for his vision all over the country by patriots interested in real news."

Edwards hasn't always been anti-FOX News. According to Anne Schroeder at Politico.com, Edwards was on FOX News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes" as recently as January 23, one of the 33 times Edwards has appeared on the network since August 2000.

TMZ contacted reps for both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama to see if they planned to follow suit. Calls were not immediately returned.

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46.

Only in    

The word for the liberals today is opisthognathous op-is-thog-na-thous.When liberals are put in their place they have opisthognatous.Remember the spin stops here.

2724 days ago
47.

Whack A Mole (finger) (formerly Mad Hatter)    

Gee, just what I want. A president who's afraid of Ann Coulter. I get tired of hearing the Democratic leaning news of CBS, NBC and ABC. I find Fox refreshing. Oh, and I'm a Democrate who voted for Bush....would again too!

2724 days ago
48.

chin chin    

Bill O'Reilly for President!
Sean Hannity for Vice President!

A ticket made in Heaven!

Oh, I'm sorry- for all you Liberals- "Heaven" is a place created by God. Ofcourse the term "Heaven" may be unfamiliar since you don't believe in God/ religion.

2724 days ago
49.

anon    

The reason Fox News has such high rating(allegedly) is because they are tabloid television. They love to put down liberal hollywood, but the hypocrites don't mind using them to get viewers. Wake up and smell the coffee Faux News is selling.

2724 days ago
50.

Only in    

"My country tis of thee...Sweet land of li ber ty..." but not for you liberals.

2724 days ago
51.

kitty40    

The audience of Fox is not Edward's audience...he is not going to pick-up any votes there...How does debating on Fox help his campaign? It does nothing for the progress of his candidancy. All debates should take place on one of the three major networks so that it can reach more open-minded voters. I see no reason for a Republican to give an exclusive to MoveOn.org and I see no reason for John Edwards to give an exclusive to Fox and debating on Fox would be an exclusive!

2724 days ago
52.

anon    

To #49 Gee, you sound so religious with your filthy language and forgiving nature. God would be so proud of you.

2724 days ago
53.

Whack A Mole (finger) (formerly Mad Hatter)    

Hey, #40...what did you say that's so filty???? I think #51 has their bloomers in a twist!

2724 days ago
54.

Attorney's Perspective    

#50 aka. get a clue.....considering you are commenting on a "tabloid" celebrity gossip website....you sure don't seem to mind tabloids and gossip. That is the meaning of the word hypocrite.

Has anyone noticed which side of the aisle 90% of the name calling and mud slinging has come from?

If Mr. Edwards can't handle a woman like Ann Coulter or handle questions from his critics, then how can he handle Mahmood Ahamadinjaad, Kim Jon Il, Usama Bin Laden, Hugo Chavez, Al Qaeda or Fidel Castro. Maybe he can get Harry Belafonte to sing Calypso music with them.

Nukes and Kool-aid are on the house......Mr. Edwards' new million dollar mansion with the two stages and squash court, of course.

2724 days ago
55.

sapphire    

HEY #53 I THINK YOUR BRAIN IS IN A TWIST. YOU WOULD VOTE FOR BUSH YET AGAIN. HELLO, WHAT PLANET DO U LIVE ON. OUR GREAT COUNTRY IS IN A TOTAL TWIST BECAUSE OF HIM!! YOU NEED SOME SERIOUS HELP

2724 days ago
56.

Proud-American    

Anyone who watches Fox news would know that they have FAIRLY reported the Ann Coulter "scandal". No one on FOX is congratulating her or saying she was right for what she said. Check out FOXNEWS.COM to check the story and all the other stories you won't hear about on NBC, CBS, ABC,CNN. Like the story about the ACLU president caught with VILE child porn. Of course the other networks do not want to report stuff like that because they agree with the ACLU and their tolerance for pedophiles and groups like NAMBLA (National Association For Man Boy Love Association). Those of you who hate FOX so much might want to watch it instead of getting your info about FOX from NBC and Rosey O'donnel. Of course, if you are a far left LOON, FOX scares the hell out of you!!!! But, then again, you LOONS also believe the U.S. attacked itself on 9/11!!! All you FAR LEFT LOONS should move to Vermont and secede from the Union!!! FOX NEWS - The ONLY Fair and Balanced network. Fair and balanced means presenting people from both sides, it's not their fault the Liberals they have on can never come up with any valid points or arguments!!!

2724 days ago
57.

chin chin    

My best & dearest friend was murdered on 9/11. I had the horrible/ grim task of collecting his DNA, submitting it to the NYC Armory, searching hospitals, webites and hanging his photo throughout NYC in the desperate hopeof finding him alive. His body parts were found one by one throughout the next year. If our leader, Clinton had been doing his job, instead of you-know-what, maybe he'd still be alive. No one else should experience this tragedy.

We're doomed with a new Clinton administration or an Obama Administration.

We need a strong leader such as RUDY!!!

2724 days ago
58.

Proud-American    

#56 Who would you vote for? Hillary? Just what we need, another Clinton to sit on their hands while terrorists plot to attack us!!! Of course, Bill was not sitting on his hands, was he!!! He was too busy getting BJ's from an intern young enough to be his daughter!! PERVERT BILLY'S WIFE FOR PRESIDENT!!! Maybe she'll get some from Sean Penn!!!

2724 days ago
59.

Deanna    

I just remeber the study that said viewers of the Daily Show are more informed than the FOX news' audience . FOX gets the highest rating since liberals are split amongst the other news networks but I don't think you can call them fair or balanced. People who watch FOX watch it because they hear what they want to hear.

2724 days ago
60.

chin chin    

#51 (aka 49). Gee, don't remember claiming t be "religious"- you FOOL.

2724 days ago
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