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Bloggers Demand Fox News Debate Footage

Leave it Fox News to bring conservative and liberal bloggers together.

Earlier today, a prominent group of bloggers (Michelle Malkin on the right, Kos of DailyKos on the left) and the who's-who of the technosphere (Craig Newmark of and Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia) called on Fox to release video footage of previous Republican debates. That way, the footage can be easily embedded, blogged and shared by the online political community, says Erick Erickson of the popular conservative blog RedState.

"This is a non-partisan issue," Erickson told The Trail. "It's about the online political process in general,"

Recently Fox, which has hosted two Republican debates, sent "cease and desist" orders to the GOP candidates that prevent them -- and everyday folks -- from using its video footage. Sen. John McCain has violated the order, continually using a 19-second excerpt from the debate in a TV spot. And the liberal group, not exactly McCain-friendly, has praised the Arizona senator.

Earlier this year, in this onslaught of televised debate and forums, a non-partisan group of bloggers and tech gurus successfully urged CNN, ABC and NBC to release their debate footage.

And now it's up to Fox.

Added Erickson: "It's a privilege for Fox to air these debates, and it's the right of the candidates and their supporters to be able to use the footage."

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  November 1, 2007; 4:53 PM ET
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