Petition for a Fair Presidential Debate

  • by: Fair Forum
  • recipient: Nevada State Democratic Party
Congratulations!  We did it!

The Nevada Democratic Party has canceled its debate!

But it's not over yet:

The CBC has announced it will host two more debates with Fox News!  Contact the CBC via Color of Change, or:

CBC Institute

227 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 201
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 785-3634
Fax: (202) 544-1912

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
1720 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-263-2800
Fax: 202-775-0773

CBC Chair Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2215
Tel: (202) 225-2261
Fax: (202) 225-5730
Office Hours: Monday-Friday (9:00-5:00pm)

Original Petition Text:

The Nevada State Democratic Party has partnered with Fox News to host the first-ever 2008 Democratic presidential debate on August 14.

For an example of how disrespectful and counterproductive such Fox News-sponsored Democratic debates are, consider the September 9, 2003 Democratic debate in Baltimore, Maryland, hosted by Fox News in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus.  Fox News graphics, as well as a banner over the stage, titled the event as the "Democrat Candidate Presidential Debate," a misconstruction of "Democrat" used as an an epithet.  Fox News then summarized the debate with a story titled, "Democratic Candidates Offer Grim View of America," continuing with such jabs as, "The depiction of the president as the root of all evil began at the top of Tuesday night's debate...."  Controversial questions included the accusation that Howard Dean had a racist gun policy by Fox News analyst Juan Williams.  There were also multiple interruptions by protesters throughout the debate, leading to four arrests.

Only a productive forum that is fair to all candidates will help Democratic voters choose their candidate for president in 2008.  That is why we, the undersigned, strongly urge the Nevada State Democratic Party to partner with a different media organization for this important debate.

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