Friday, March 30, 2007

Pet Peeve Alert
Via Kos, here's Jesse Jackson on the Congressional Black Caucus' decision to sponsor a presidential debate on Fox News:
FOX moderating a presidential debate on issues of importance to Black Americans is literally letting the Fox guard the henhouse – FOX should be rejected.
I get it - FOX = fox. But they're not literally doing that. They're figuratively letting that happen. That's, you know, the opposite of literally.

Maybe if for some reason the Democrats' mascot was a hen... then, I suppose in a roundabout way you can make the "literally" case.

On another note - I applaud Jackson, and scratch my head at the CBC. And I'm confused by otherwise smart pundits like Bill Maher who criticize Democrats for refusing Fox News for a debate. He seems to think it's a step that underscores public's impressions of Democrats as weak. No. It's an acknowledgement that Fox is not a legitimate news outlet and doesn't deserve to be treated as one. It's called a boycott. It's not a sign of weakness. It's a sign of contempt and disgust. We didn't play Sun City. And we're not gonna play Fox News.

That having been said, if they debate on Fox News, I expect them to take Bill Clinton's lead and challenge every horribly framed question with the proper amount of scorn and indignation. And who's willing and able to do that would in fact tell us something important about the candidates. But I think voters would prefer to see them debating one another, not clashing with the questioner.

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