In a bold move consistent with the spirit of his rhetoric, presidential contender John Edwards has announced, as reported by TPM Café, that he will not be participating in the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's debate because . . .
"[W]e're not going to participate in the proposed debate with Fox. The CBC champions critical issues that matter enormously to the future of our country, and we look forward to discussing them throughout this campaign and at their debate in January. But we believe there's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending they're objective. If there was any uncertainty as to Fox's objectivity, it was put to rest when they attacked Democratic candidates, Democratic constituency groups, and the Nevada Democratic party when their last proposed debate was cancelled for lack of support."
The Edwards camp was kind enough to reach out to our friends at the ColorOfChange.org to whom Afro-Netizen attributes this growing anti-CBCI/Fox debate sentiment within and beyond the netroots. This is what else the Edwards camp had to say about the candidate's decision to lead by example:
"It's absolutely critical that we make sure the CBC gets a forum, but we should make sure they get a forum with a network that's going to give a fair hearing to Democrats across the board, and people of color across the board."
Even better news is (in line with a recent, but now obsoletely titled blog post in which Afro-Netizen raised the question about which media outlets should be hosting such debates) that media entrepreneur Tavis Smiley has stepped up to host his own series of PBS-broadcasted presidential forums.
Afro-Netizen eagerly awaits word from the Obama & Clinton camps, should they wish to release their own statements on this matter.