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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:56 PM
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The next Democratic President should teach Fox News a lesson
Soon as * is shown the door on 1/20/05 the new Democratic President should teach Fox News a lesson they will never forget.

1) Revoke all Fox News reporters' White House press credentials and issue orders to White House Police that Fox News personell are not allowed on the premises.

2) Order all staffers not to speak to Fox News reporters.

3) Refuse all invitations to appear on Fox News programs.

4) Ecourage Democratic members of Congress and other operatives to ignore Fox News as well.

5) Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:58 PM
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1. 1-4 are reminiscent of this administration, I think
Now, give us #5 and let the chips fall where they may.
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Vikingking66 Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:03 PM
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2. that's kinda not very Democratic
I say we do what Toby from the West Wing suggests and make them sit way up front wearing dunce caps.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:06 PM
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4. Somebody needs to play hardball with the media
I also remember that Toby threatened the heads of the major networks with an anti-trust investigation when they said they would only carry the acceptance speeches at the (D) and (R) conventions. The networks backed down.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:04 PM
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3. fauxsux is going to have to eat some humblepieshit..for sure...
And I sure as hell wouldn't want them around...they are indictable as much as bushco..
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nemo137 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:08 PM
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5. why would that be a good thing?
in addition to being inheretly undemocratic (if we want to be free to criticize, shouldn't everyone be?), it would give the right something more to bitch about, so it fails on two levels.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:12 PM
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6. There's no constitutional right to White House press passes
I would never, ever suggest that Fox be censored. By all means, they should be free to be on the air to say whatever they want, but the First Amendment does not give them the "right" to White House press credentials, exclusive interviews with the President and other top Administration officials or the chance to have coffee and cake with the White House staff.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:22 PM
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7. kinda like the chimpsters are keeping Helen Thomas at
Bay! :-)
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TennesseeWalker Donating Member (925 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:24 PM
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8. You've GOT to be kidding.
That sounds just awful to me. Everybody should be allowed their point of view. If FOX wants to spew right-wing propaganda, that's fine....let them lose the battle on the field of ideas. But to control them? Sounds like PRAVDA in the old Soviet Union. The government shouldn't be able to tell anyone how to think or what they can say.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:30 PM
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9. Read post #6
You are distorting my position.
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TennesseeWalker Donating Member (925 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:35 PM
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10. When they put Helen Thomas in the back of the room.....
....I was furious. She represents my point of view, and I'm an American. How is not letting FOX have a press pass any different than what Ari and Shrub did to her? It made me very angry and absolutely certain that the government didn't give a damn about either me or my views.

I want a government for all the people, not just Democrats and/or Leftists. Other people need to be brought along easily, as most folks aren't tuned in politically. They are more traditional and sometimes backward, but they deserve a strong platform to articulate their views. We just have to be prepared with a focus, a vision and a willingness to hear them out.

I agree with some of what you said, but I think FOX represents a point of view that should be heard. We can then explain why it's not a good way to think. FOX represents a lot of people we really need to reach.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:39 PM
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12. I'm sure they'll manage
Don't worry. If Fox is taught a lesson as I suggest the Right will still have the House, the Senate, governorships, state legislatures, the military, the pundits and the rest of the corporate media. They'll be just fine.
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TennesseeWalker Donating Member (925 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:41 PM
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13. You're missing the point.
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 11:44 PM by TennesseeWalker
FOX is going to lose and the Left needs to be a gracious winner. Pettiness and revenge should be out the window, and we should take the higher road. A Democratic win in 2004 will be revenge enough. It will mean that FOX and the Right have lost the arguement for a time.

We shouldn't be sore winners. And we Are going to win.

On edit...I think I'm trying to say...."turn the other cheek". That would be the right thing to do, and forgiveness should be the order of the day. It's time to set an example of how honorable people conduct their affairs.

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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:42 PM
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14. There's only so much room in the press room
maybe a Dem WH could rescind Faux's credentials and assign them to...The Daily Show!
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frank frankly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:36 PM
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11. you can't fight facism with facism
Faux News will implode on its own
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maggrwaggr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:26 AM
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15. Fox is the new Joe McCarthy
and they need to be shamed and obliterated the same way he was.

Have they no shame?
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:37 AM
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16. How about
the new administration let Faux be Faux. But everytime a WH official deals with them just laugh in their face. Everytime a Democrat is on Faux to get skewered just preempt the little cretins by laughing at them.
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