Saturday, December 29, 2007
UPDATE- I sent the letter. Here's hoping the media starts asking Fox for comment on this.
According to the New Hampshire State Republican Party and an Associated Press report(1), Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul will be excluded from an upcoming forum of Republican candidates to be broadcast by Fox News on January 6, 2008. The AP article says "Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson" will be participating in the debate.
If Ron Paul isn't included then neither should McCain, Huckabee or Thompson. In Iowa/New Hampshire Ron Paul is either higher than or tied with Thompson or McCain and is close to Huckabee in the polls(2). In addition, Ron Paul recently broke the single day fund-raising record of all time in politics, taking in over $6 million dollars in a 24 hour period(3)- he's already raised more money in the 4th quarter then any other Republican did last quarter(4). Lastly, Ron Paul has won the lion's share of Republican straw polls conducted throughout the country- far and above any other candidate(5). Not to mention the fact that Ron Paul literally is the most popular, searched for candidate on the internet(6).
Given that, how can Fox News exclude Ron Paul from an event such as this, just two days before the New Hampshire primary? What possible justification can they provide?
(1) - "GOP candidates to meet in N.H. forum" - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071227/ap_po/on_the2008_trail_7