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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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76.

stephanie    

FauxNews is a piece of crap. Just the media arm for the right-wing conservative religious zealots who would drive this country into this ground, opening up for our enemies.

John Edwards has been my favorite candidate for years. For all the stupid fools who call him an ambulance chaser- those are the first fools to sue because of a stub toe...too many hyprocrits in this country. Everyone hates lawyers- until they need one. Edwards is smart and we need someone smart in the White House, instead of a two-bit momma's boy.

That's right Edwards- stand against Fox News!!! And all ya'll show some respect for the next president of the United States- JOHN EDWARDS!

And enough of Fox News...it's the end of the facist regime of the Bush Crime Family.

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77.

aliendogfear    

Looney Libs, Bill O. had to settle a lawsuit filed by one of his producers that claimed sexual harrassment. He only settled to prevent the sexual comments left on her voice mail from becoming public. The fact that you are still supportive of Bill O. tells me what kind of person you are. Besides, how can a person ever defend themselves on Bill O's show? He never gives any one a word in edgewise. I thought a news show wasn't about bullying your guests, but open and intelligent conversation without constant insecure interruption. Bill O. made comments about that 15 year old abducted boy 'liking' being kidnapped for 4 years so he didn't have to go to school. In the meantime that boy was being repeatedly raped and filmed for the internet. The center for missing and exploited children cancelled Bill O's speech at a Florida fuction because of his comments. I think Bill O. should be kidnapped, raped for 4 years, and the pictures of it sold to pervs on the internet, but I don't think even that would make him human.

2597 days ago
78.

sapphire    

#74 I EXPECTED NO LESS. I HAVE PITY FOR YOU!

2597 days ago
79.

Proud-American    

Hey SAPPHIRE, bet your nephew is proud to serve and would not agree with your comments. You aren't Cindy Sheehans sister are You?!!!

2597 days ago
80.

Sean Bresnahan    

If he can't handle Fox News, how is Edwards going to stand down the terrorist threat? What a weak-kneed, politically-correct, sissy-boy.

2597 days ago
81.

Ken    

# 75 hey Preacher...wake up from your drug induced phobia Its not my problem you cant think for yourself and need input from some invisible person. Take your god and all the other invisible frauds you worship and ram them up your collective asses.

2597 days ago
82.

sapphire    

#78 no in fact my nephew on 3rd deployment @ Camp Fallujah actually spoke out for the first time on how frustrated he was, and how bad it ACTUALLY IS THERE NOW AFTER YET 3 YRS

2597 days ago
83.

Proud-American    

TRUTH TELLER, funny how you pull a typical LIBERAL move, don't address the lies you tell, just change the subject to a different lie. Bill was SUSPICIOUS of the Hornbeck case, he never said the boy LIKED it. If you knew anything about the full story, you would be suspicious too. Hornbeck had access to: phone(his own cell) ; internet ; and his own vehicle, yet he NEVER asked for help, even though his "captor" was at work 12-14 hours a day. Hornbeck also had TWO chances when he was picked up by POLICE on seperate occasions, yet said nothing!!! That is SUSPICIOUS!! Bill interupts people like you who SPIN or get off subject!!! I would assume lot's of people would like to accuse Bill of lot's of things, ACCUSATIONS are not TRUTH.

2597 days ago
84.

S    

#80...Go FUCK yourself you Marxist America hating piece of shit! Democrats/Liberals are NON-TOLERANT of any other POV. hey are truly the new American "Nazis". Gonna ban more smoking in parks? how about cars or even your home? Demoscum are behind that! How about "Hate Speech" or how about so called "Hate Crimes" They are out to punish thought...And collect TAXES to re-distribute to "THE POOR" ie Illegals, lazy, stupid. I'll meet you anytime bitch...And fucking kill you.

2597 days ago
85.

aliendogfear    

Looney Libs,
So let me get this straight....I didn't have the full story on what Bill O. said about Hornbeck so I am wrong. You have the full story, but are still blaming Sean Horbeck. Got it.

2597 days ago
86.

Proud-American    

KEN, YOU ARE A TYPICAL LIBERAL! NOTHING OF VALUE TO SAY!!!

2597 days ago
87.

chin chin    

You go "Lonney Libs'! THE SPIN STOPS HERE!

2597 days ago
88.

Proud-American    

SAPPHIRE, He has been there for three years and has just NOW spoken out, You prove my point, he would not agree with your ideology!!!

2597 days ago
89.

chin chin    

ACLU sucks!

2597 days ago
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sapphire    

#88 AGAIN U SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE 3 YRS DID I SAY THAT NOT!!! MARINES SERVE 6-7 MONTH STIINTS AT A TIME. PRAY TELL WHY DONT U THINK BEFORE U SPEAK. AND WOULD HE AGREE, OH YES, I LISTENED BEFORE I GAVE MY OPINION.

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