How FOX Won and Obama, Clinton, and Democrats Lost
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No Republican would go to speak at a MoveOn event. John McCain wonâ€™t be going to YearlyKos or the Take Back America conference, and you wonâ€™t be hearing him on Air America or see him talking to Keith Olbermann. So why are Democrats told and why do they continue to believe they should go on FOX?
Chris Bowers wrote a great piece for OpenLeft that explains why itâ€™s important for Democrats not to legitimize FOX by appearing there, and why Barack Obamaâ€™s appearance on FOX News Sunday was a huge step backwards in the Leftâ€™s efforts to identify FOX as what it is â€” a Republican propaganda mouthpiece. I voiced some similar opinions in a post here.
And then Hillary Clinton appeared on the Oâ€™Reilly Factor. Apparently the chance to join FOX and the Republicans to talk about Rev. Wright for the 8 millionth time was enough to make her forget the way that FOX has talked about her, her husband, her daughter, her friends, and Democrats for the last 12 years.
Iâ€™ve been seeing and reading a lot about these two appearances in the past few days, and â€œconventional wisdomâ€ seems to be saying that going on FOX is a very good thing for Democrats to do. When I was on MSNBC last Friday, I was the only one on the panel who felt that Obama was making a big mistake going on FOX. But, as is usually the case, CW is completely wrong.
Democrats, especially prominent ones like Clinton and Obama, should not go on FOX. Never.