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Would everyone please welcome Fox News to the Liberal Establishment Media?

April 27, 2007

It looks like the May 15 GOP presidential candidates’ debate in South Carolina (NOT the May 3 debate in California, which will feature every declared Republican candidate) is going to be a vanity press affair rather than a political news event.

Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party are orchestrating criteria to determine which of the 10 announced candidates will be permitted to enter the debate. They must have “garnered at least 1 percent in recent state and national polls leading up to the registration deadline, as determined by Fox News Channel and the South Carolina Republican Party.” And they must pay their state’s primary entry fee by May 1.  Pardon my italics.

There are 10 declared Republican candidates in the race. Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party think this is too many for a nationwide political stage. Somehow the Democrats got eight candidates on their South Carolina stage.

The candidates most reasonable people would likely associate with the idea of “establishment” in common parlance are Giuliani, McCain, and Romney. Oddly, those three are the only candidates who presently meet the Fox News-South Carolina criteria. Hmmm.

Ron Paul has been making the interview circuit, and he can’t help it: it’s genetic; he makes talk show hosts and other candidates look stupid. He isn’t arrogant, he doesn’t name names. He details issues, their causes, and logical solutions; he cites history, economics, and other amazing facts. And other people just happen to look stupid. It’s not his fault.

But so far, Ron Paul doesn’t meet the criteria to get in on the vanity fair pay-to-play GOP debate in South Carolina. This couldn’t be an attempt to exclude him? Never. Just an attempt on the part of Fox News to control who gets into a national candidates’ debate. It’s their party.

All the stories are the same; here’s a sample.

I declare this disgusting.

  1. April 27, 2007 6:40 pm

    It’s not about the candidates, it’s about entertainment. Nobody wants the main contenders to look stupid. That would hurt ratings and embarrass the network. Besides, the game of government is now pay-to-play.

    Still, it is remarkable how the biggest so-called conservative network gets to engage in such brazen pull-peddling. Fox would lose its influence if Ron Paul were elected. Money talks, not sense.

  2. April 27, 2007 6:52 pm

    It’s no news that stupidity has huge entertainment value. And vice versa.

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