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Should CBCI withdraw partnership, or should Democrats refuse to appear at FOX-sponsored debate?

Reported by Chrish - April 2, 2007 -

If you are among the people who are not pleased with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's decision to partner with FOX News in hosting a presidential debate, please sign the petition at ColorOfChange.org that asks candidates to decline to particpate. If you're not sure what this is about or if you agree, please visit FOXAttacks.com and view the video, and read the following editorials:

(From MoveOn.org) Sampling of editorials/op-eds against Fox debate...

Tom Joyners's BlackAmericaWeb, Afro American Newspapers, papers in Louisiana and Los Angeles...opinions published in all these places weigh in and say CBC partnering with Fox is a bad idea.

"Commentary: Congressional Black Caucus and Fox News Partnering on Debates Makes for Ironic Bedfellows," Tom Joyner's BlackAmericaWeb.com, April 1, 2007

Excerpt: There is a difference, however, between compromising preference and compromising principle...The latter is what happens when you represent black interests in the U.S. Congress, but get in bed with a television network that has a history of rank disregard for black interests because you want to be a player in the presidential primary debates. Principle, along with integrity and prestige, is what the Congressional Black Caucus Institute has laid on the line in its partnership with Fox News...So far, it only seems to be another misstep by a group that thinks that "forgive and forget" are words to live by. That may apply to normal human relations, but not in politics. Not these days. It’s a blood war now, and the Congressional Black Caucus, in all of its constructs, would be wise not to let its guard down for a minute.

"Fox News doesn't care about Black people, does the Congressional Black Caucus?" Op-ed in Louisiana Weekly, April 2, 2007

Excerpt: What would you say if someone told you that Black members of Congress were planning to host a presidential debate with a TV network that likens Black churches to cults, implies that U.S. Senator Barack Obama is a terrorist, and used the solemn occasion of Coretta Scott King's funeral to call Black leaders "racist?" You'd probably wonder, "Have these brothers and sisters lost their minds?"

"Fox News doesn't care about Black people, does the Congressional Black Caucus?" Op-ed in Los Angeles Sentinel, March 30, 2007

"CBC-Fox partnership a bad idea," Editorial from Afro American Newspapers (printed in papers around the nation), March 21, 2007

Excerpt: What were they thinking? What possible justification could the Congressional Black Caucus Political Leadership Education Institute have for picking Fox News to partner with on an upcoming presidential debate? "Fox News is not a 'fair and balanced' source of information or political debate, and it has repeatedly proven itself hostile to the interests of Black Americans... Fox on-air personalities and regular guests consistently marginalize Black leaders, culture, and institutions," said ColorOfChange in a letter to activists. And they are right. ... Case in point: Fox's recent sustained stain campaign against presidential candidate Barack Obama-they place undue emphasis on his middle name "Hussein," say he went to a fundamentalist Islamic school and question his religious affiliation, suggestively characterizing his church as having "unusual doctrines." And the network's framing and interpretation of Black (and Brown) issues and culture are often bigoted and lacking in any attempt to truly understand and present a fair picture.

"CBC-Fox partnership a bad idea," Editorial printed in The Dallas Weekly, March 28, 2007

Jesse Jackson, and top Black bloggers weigh in (Afro-Netizen, Keith Boykin, SuperSpade, Jack & Jill Politics)...
NY Times: Jackson Slams Fox-C.B.C. Debate Deal

Excerpt, Jackson: “I am disappointed by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s partnership with FOX, and strongly encourage them to reverse that decision. Why would presidential candidates, or an organization that is supposed to advocate for Black Americans, ever give a stamp of legitimacy to a network that continually marginalizes Black leaders and the Black community? FOX moderating a presidential debate on issues of importance to Black Americans is literally letting the Fox guard the henhouse – FOX should be rejected.”

Politico.com: Jackson vs. Fox

"Fox News Loves Black People," KeithBoykin.com, March 22, 2007

Excerpt: Okay, the title is sarcastic. Anyone who has been watching the news the past few years should know that Fox News is nothing but a right-wing platform for conservative Republicans. So if that's the case, why were the Democrats even thinking about holding a debate on Fox News in Nevada? I understand the whole idea of reaching out to the other side, but Fox News is not just the other side. They are the opposition. It's one thing to debate Bill O'Reilly or the Fox News anchors. Everybody knows what's going on there. It's another thing to give Fox News a forum it doesn't already have where they can pretend to be "fair and balanced." But if the Democratic Party gets it, why doesn't the Congressional Black Caucus?

"Debating (on) Fox News," MarcLamontHill.com reprinting Keith Boykin's piece, March 23, 2007

"Fox News sets debates with Congressional Black Caucus Institute???" Superspade.blogspot.com March 29, 2007

Excerpt: "I don’t think the explicit bias of Fox News is in line with the mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, which if you are wondering, “is to provide political education and training to the next generation of African American leadership"...the prejudices and biases should outrage Black people regardless of their political persuasions. And for that reason, I will make my voice heard to let the Congressional Black Caucus Institute to cancel their agreement with Fox News...Please help us Lord."

"Fox News Talking Heads Attack Black People" Superspade.blogspot.com March 14, 2007

"Update on CBC Fox Debates," Jack and Jill Politics, March 30, 2007

Excerpt: Why on earth would the Congressional Black Caucus choose to align itself with a network that has proven itself to be racist as a course of normal business operations? As part of their branding strategy? If the Ku Klux Klan or Council of Conservative Citizens had a cable news network, would it be appropriate to collaborate with them on hosting presidential debates, particularly when one of the candidates is black, a CBC member and a consistent target of the network's hatred and misinformation? Like Jesse says, why let the Fox guard the henhouse?

"Jesse Jackson follows the Black netroots' lead," Afro-Netizen.com, March 30, 2007

"Urge the CBC Institute to lead with integrity," March 14, 2007

Excerpt: Need more proof of Fox's vitriolic anti-Black agenda? Then, watch the FoxAttacks video clip and draw your own conclusions.