Clinton’s Debate Move Puts Obama On The Spot…

With a single decision, Clinton has put her last remaining rival for the Democratic nomination in between a rock and a hard place.  Her decision to accept a debate invite extended by Fox News Channel, scheduled for February 11th, the day before Maryland, DC, and my own home state of Virginia go to the polls and decide who’s getting how many of 237 delegates up for grabs, leaves Obama with a rather unpleasant set of options.

To accept or not to accept, that is the question.

Of course Obama has to accept.  There’s no way he can turn down a one on one debate invite with a race that is this close–he runs the risk of looking like a coward, and the Clinton campaign will have a field day spinning this in her favor.

But the fact that this is Fox News provides its own complications.  Of course, the bias on the right leaning news network is by now obvious and well know, however, not all biases are created equal.  Yes, in general the FNC has proven to be unfriendly towards progressives, but should Obama choose to accept, he might find the bias against him a little harsher than against Clinton.

The reasoning for this is the as of yet unclear relationship between FNC owner and mogul Rupert Murdoch, and Hillary Clinton.  How deep that relationship goes is unclear, however there are a few things that are.

The first is that Rupert Murdoch must not be totally opposed to Clinton given the fundraising he held for her last year.  Indeed, the Murdochs themselves have given the Clinton campaign a considerable sum of money.

The other thing to keep in mind is that Rupert Murdoch is exactly the kind of guy who would use his news organization for his own benefit and to promote his own agenda as is clearly evident.  The fact is, the only person to whom FNC is actually fair and balanced for is Rupert Murdoch (and of course those who are like minded).

So while it’s not a guarantee, there is a high probability that the debate Clinton just accepted will not be on what is often referred to as a level playing field, and yet the consequences for declining on Obama’s part could be just as devestating if not more than if he showed up.

He has to go.  And the only two things he can hope for is A) the moderators actually come off fair and balanced, or B) that they go after him, but he turns in the performance of a life time.

Obama is going to need to outfox Fox.

3 Responses to “Clinton’s Debate Move Puts Obama On The Spot…”

  1. eRobin says:

    It’s great to see her reaching across the aisle to give FOX a seat at the table. It wasn’t nice of the DemCans to shut FOX out. I’m sure this will enrich the campaigns of both Clinton and Obama. 😉

  2. Mark says:

    Don’t forget that Fox News were the ones who first publicly pushed the “madrassa” smear.

  3. Ah, yeah, that’s right…. *sigh*

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