As Democrats get their knickers in a twist over a Nevada debate in which Fox News is a participant, Dennis Kucinich actually says something eminently sensible:
If you want to be the President of the United States, you can’t be afraid to deal with people with whom you disagree politically,” Kucinich said. “No one is further removed from Fox’s political philosophy than I am, but fear should not dictate decisions that affect hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of others around the world who are starving for real leadership.”Kucinich said “the public deserves honest, open, and fair public debate, and the media have a responsibility to demand that candidates come forward now, before the next war vote in Congress, to explain themselves.”“I’m prepared to discuss the war, health care, trade, or any other issue anytime, anywhere, with any audience, answering any question from any media. And any candidate who won’t shouldn’t be President of the United States.
Indeed, he’s right. Fox News is no less biased than the New York Times (although more prone to sensationalism), but that doesn’t mean that Republicans should dodge debates sponsored by the Times — in fact, if Republicans had the policy of not debating in front of any news agency with a pro-Democratic bias, they’d probably never be able to participate in a televised debate.
The whole silly little controversy about the Nevada debates is pure political pandering, and nothing but. No doubt that a candidate in a general election would not give up the free airtime, but since the Democrats are currently in a race to try to suck up to the “netroots” and the radical left, there’s no political price to be paid by skipping this debate.
When even Dennis Kucinich starts making more sense than most of the Democratic field on an issue, one knows that there’s something off…