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Fox News Blocks Fred Karger From Debate

Conservative network changes requirements, says gay Republican candidate ineligible

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Fred Karger.(Fred Karger/Flickr)

Fred Karger, the Jewish, openly gay Republican presidential candidate profiled in Tablet in April, has been barred from participating in Fox News’ presidential debate Thursday. A Fox representative posits that even though Karger received nearly 2 percent in some of the most accurate polls—satisfying the debate requirement that a candidate receive more than 1 percent of the vote in five different polls—the polls were administered online and therefore don’t count.

Gawker reports:

“I spoke with Karger last night, and he sounded agitated. This is not his usual state. Previously, I’d met him at a bar — one full of gay liberal union members — and despite the bluish glow of his surroundings, Karger was perfectly at ease. Not in that greasy, back-slapping political way that makes sane people feel dirty. He was just a friendly, extroverted dude in a suit and hair gel who wanted to make friends and talk shop. But Fox’s behavior has gotten to him.

And not only because it’s unfair. Fox didn’t come up with the no-online-polls rule until after Karger had fulfilled the other requirements. As he sees it, the Grand Old Party needs him at this debate. ‘I want to be in this debate because my centrist views aren’t represented in that hall,’ he says. ‘The other candidates are very far to the right. The American people aren’t.’”


In April, Michelle Goldberg reported that Karger had spent approximately $300,000 on his campaign, much of it from his own personal savings, and that the former GOP operative had started actively fundraising and campaigning. His strategy, Goldberg explained, was to draw attention to Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s affiliation with the Mormon church in an effort to shed light on the religion’s involvement with the movement against gay rights:

“A once-powerful GOP operative with a background in attack ads and opposition research, he plans to get himself into the Republican presidential debates, where he’ll be able to call out the anti-gay politics of his fellow nominees. Homophobia blighted much of his life. Now he thinks he can use homophobia against his bête noir, Mitt Romney.”

An online petition calling for Fox News to allow Karger to enter the debate had reached 2,500 signatures as of yesterday. No word if the petition will be taken into consideration by Fox, since, you know, it was conducted online.

Meet Fred Karger, the Gay Presidential Candidate Who’s Blocked from Debates [Gawker]
Fox News: Follow the rules, let Fred Karger debate! [Change.org]
Related: Elder Statesman [Tablet Magazine]

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Jason M says:

Marriage equality is anathema in today’s GOP, which has been poisoned by the screwed-up ethics of the Christianists.

Ms. Butnick,
There are plenty of liberal Republican running including Willard “Mitt” Romney, and Jim Huntsman, whose only constituency is the left and media (redundant). Fred “no experience, no presence” Karger is not the only candidate being sidelined by Fox News. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter is being kept out. http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2011/08/thursdays-fox-news-iowa-debate-participant-list-released/
And unlike Karger, he is an actual Republican, not a leftist stunt.

Jason M,
Those horrible Christianists. We all know that Baptists, Mormons, Catholics , and Evangelical Lutherans all have the exact same theology. Actually they don’t and if some lefitst Jews were not ignorant bigots, they would know this. (I presume that Jason is as Jewish as I am.) And I suppose that until 1970 or so, all religions other than some mythic Christianism were banned. Either that, or those with these paranoid fantasies about “Christianists” are under-medicated ignorami, who have created a historical fantasy.

Those horrible Christians, have the same belief on homosexuality as Jews have for 3000 years.

And I forgot, most American oppose homosexual marriage, and far more would if they saw the persecution it has wrought in Europe and Canada. It’s not about equality, it is about persecuting non-believers, including Orthodox Jews, and any Jew who thinkgs the Torah is not a joke.

DownwithFauxNews says:

Faux News is not real new anyway. They are a waste of space for republican spun false stories. Sarah Palin is their brain trust…. LOL!

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