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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."
John Edwards
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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91.

Proud-American    

TRUTH TELLER I can be SUSPICIOUS of a story of a 16 year old who does not seek help when he has multiple oppurtunities. I see you still can't address YOUR LIES!! By the way, It is your LIBERAL friends who want to let people like Devlin off with a slap on the wrist, because as you libs see it, "he can be rehabilitated".

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aliendogfear    

Has anyone else noticed the defenders of Fox and neo-conservatism spewing a lot of hate on this blog? Hate of liberals, hate of women, defending pedophiles, no knowledge of Stockholm Syndrome, death threats. Wow, republicans really are wonderful examples of Christian love aren't they?

2731 days ago
93.

Rachel    

Good for Edwards, I like him more already.

2731 days ago
94.

Proud-American    

TRUTH TELLER You are typical Liberal, SPIN, SPIN, and SPIN some more!!! You obviously don't know anything about stockholm syndrome either, can you tell me the story that syndrome comes from? Because I can tell you, and beleive me it has nothing to do with identifying with a child molester!! It is the Liberals who fight Jessica's law and endorse the ACLU, so who defends pedophiles? LIBERALS, THAT'S WHO!!! You are right, I HATE LEFT WING, LIBERAL LIARS!!! STILL CAN'T ADDRESS YOUR LIES!!!!!

2731 days ago
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Proud-American    

SAPPHIRE, alright , now you are just a liar!! MARINES are the proudest soldiers we have, NONE would be caught dead dishonoring their mission, and would deffinately not agree with you, CINDY SHEEHAN!!

2731 days ago
96.

aliendogfear    

proving my point....lol

2731 days ago
97.

Proud-American    

TRUTH TELLER, You have proved my point: Liberals can't back the LIES they tell!! You need to change your name to LIE SPREADER!!

2731 days ago
98.

aliendogfear    

Since some of us, myself included, have gone off-topic here, check out a blog that is for those of us that are not into labels or using all capital letters to intimidate. A moderate view of the world that seeks to inform and enlighted, then lets you form your own opinions. I just don't think TMZ is the place for mature dialog other than Anna & celebs
Check it out, it is one of my favorites. Good luck and God bless you all.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

2731 days ago
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Proud-American    

TRUTH TELLER: THANK YOU!!! YOU HAVE JUST SHOWN THAT YOU ARE A LEFT WING LOONE!!! THE HUFFINGTON POST!! YEAH, THAT'S "FAIR AND BALANCED"!!! NOW I KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR "NEWS" FROM!!

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Proud-American    

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101.

Whack A Mole (finger) (formerly Mad Hatter)    

Question 1: Doesn't anyone know any other words than "bitch" or some of the other words frequently used here? I thought this was friendly discourse.....not all out warfare.

Question 2: If you believe in your views, why not sign your name? Why hide behind phony names:

2731 days ago
102.

aliendogfear    

Arianna Huffington ran for Governor of California as an independent and is a former Republican. In 1998, her husband Michael Huffington, a former GOP member of congress, annouced that he is bisexual and the couple divorced peacefully. In 2007, Michael became a Director of the Republican Leadership Council which envisions a Republican Party that is unified by the basic tenets of fiscal responsibility and personal freedom, but that allows for diverse opinions on social issues by its members. He is a contributing blogger to Arianna's site still today.

I like to believe the majority of Republicans can be more like Abraham Lincoln than Bill O. I have many friends of many different faiths and beliefs. I would never tell them their ideas are stupid, but instead kindly direct them to other points of view. We all have more in common than you think. I still say good luck and God bless even to those who still want make war not love. Here is the link again, it is a terrific political blog.

www.huffingtonpost.com

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Proud-American    

It is a terrific LIBERAL blog, no matter how you spin it, LIE SPREADER!! Hillary Clinton was a Republican once upon a time!!! Now she is a LIBERAL LOONE!!!

http://foxnews.com/
http://billoreilly.com/

2731 days ago
104.

blah    

PJ #8, that's the bottom line. He CAN'T take the heat. Reminds me of George W. Bush... and look where that got us.

Bill Clinton appeared on Fox and turned the tables on those who tried to ensnare him... and did a damn good job of it, because he's just that good. Cece #4, you're absolutely right about what those channels did to Ann Coulter, for her calling him a 'faggot'.

Maybe she should have called him a 'pussy' instead.... it's still alright to use invectives aimed at women instead of invectives aimed at (homosexual) men, isn't it?

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stephen c    

I love you little jabs at Fox news----you sound jealous and just plain sad TMZ writers. HATE DOESN'T SELL.

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