01/08/08 - GodVoter.org
calls for ABC, Fox News presidents ouster
calls on David Westin, President of ABC News and Roger Ailes, Chairman of
Fox News to apologize to the nation’s voters for their networks’ attempts to
influence the 2008 presidential race.
To justify its decision to exclude certain candidates from this weekend’s
debate, David Westin's ABC News stated that candidates like Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter and Dennis
Kucinich failed to meet its criteria for participation, while Roger Ailes' Fox News cited
the lack of room in its cramped debate venue.
Are we to believe that David Westin's ABC News didn’t know exactly which candidates would be
affected while crafting its criteria just days earlier? And how much more space
would another candidate or two have cost Fox News, owned by billionaire
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp?
Limiting participation in presidential debates is warranted late in the race when
voters are well acquainted with the candidates.
This weekend’s debates took place on only the 5th and the 6th days of the
election year. Many voters around the country still don’t even know some of the
candidates’ names, let alone their records and platforms.
And the error of the exclusions was evident. For example, foreign policy
neophytes like Obama and
Romney, neither of whom have military experience,
expounding on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the nuclear threat without
the former army ranger serving his 26th year on the House Armed Services
Committee, was akin to college freshmen trying to impress during an oral exam
without the professor.
Ever since Kennedy debated Nixon in black and white in 1960, television stations
have been gaining and wielding influence over presidential races. But
now, it has gone too far.
If David Westin and Roger Ailes, the former media consultant for
Rudy Giuliani, refuse to apologize to
the voters and to the affected candidates,
GodVoter.org calls on
Disney and News Corp to replace them.