Has a major political party in America ever boycotted a specific major U.S news network and specifically endorsed a single preferred news network?! This has happened today! Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama have joined John Edwards in withdrawing from a political debate sponsored, in part (along with the Congressional Black Caucus I believe), by Fox News. This extraordinary gesture was then followed by an even more shocking one when an Obama spokesman stated that CNN would be a more appropriate venue for the debate, referring to a later one in January.
In light of this shocking turn of events, is Fox News still obliged to provide equal airtime for the Democrats? Would this lead to their not being able to sponsor and televise a similar Republican debate in the future, since they would not be airing one for the Democrat candidates? I'm sorry, but this has gotten me WAY fired up for some reason; even though we all realize the political leanings of the various major American television news outlets (all are liberal/Democrat biased with the lone exception of Fox News, which leans heavily to the right in spite of their tagline), it's still quite stunning to have things so brazenly laid out for all to witness.
Now, regarding the wisdom of this solidarity, it absolutely must be called into question. If you are any one of the Big 3 Dems, wouldn't you salivate at the chance for a stage of your own, to shine as the solitary beacon of compromise and reasonableness across this polarized, partisan landscape? Just an extraordinary development in the politicization of the U.S. news media, and an equally extraordinary opportunity to seize the higher ground missed by each of the Big 3, in my estimation.