Saturday, March 10, 2007

Obama Takes the High Road in Victory Against Fox News

"And it is true that Barack Obama is on the move," said Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Alies at a Radio & Television News Directors Associates Foundation event in Washington on Thursday. "I don't know if it's true that President Bush called Musharraf and said 'Why can't we catch this guy?"

And so with one asinine comment by its President and Chairman, Fox News demonstrates once again that it is nothing more than a partisan press serving as a squawk box for Republican interests.

Not that this is any secret. The only difference is that now, instead of the drivel only being spewed by news anchors and commentators, it is being spoken publicly by the network's senior executives.

How has Senator Obama responded? By saying nothing. Since the beginning of '07, when Fox News began their slander campaign, Obama has taken the high road, essentially "freezing-out" Fox News reporters, choosing not to participate in a debate for Democratic candidates sponsored by Fox News on August 14th in Nevada.

The lack of Fox News coverage has not hindered his efforts, and now, after Alies's tasteless remarks at Thursday's event, Nevada Democrats announced they are canceling the August 14th debate, leaving Obama vindicated, allowing him to debate at another event not sponsored by a hostile organization.

Fox News responded, in predicable fashion, by attacking the Democrats: "News organizations will want to think twice before getting involved in the Nevada Democratic Caucus," the network's vice-president wrote in a statement, "which appears to be controlled by radical fringe out-of-state interest groups, not the Nevada Democratic Party. In the past, has said they ‘own’ the Democratic Party. While most Democrats don’t agree with that, it’s clearly the case in Nevada." is pushing Fox News around? That's news to me.