They tried.  They didn’t succeed but, lord knows, they tried.

From Paul Bedard’s article in the Washington Examiner (Did you really expect me to find material like this on a major USA news site?):

Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News’ sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.

It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet’s debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report.

The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action.

A Republican FEC commissioner leading that fight, Lee E. Goodman, revealed the vote to Secrets Wednesday and said the official report of the May 26 executive vote will be released Thursday.

“The government should not punish any newsroom’s editorial decision on how best to provide the public information about candidates for office,” he said. “All press organizations should be concerned when the government asserts regulatory authority to punish and censor news coverage.”

So what is this big hoo-hah that got Democrats so riled up they tried to punish a cable news network?

It seems that, last August, when there were something like 20 declared candidates for the Republican nomination, Fox held a debate.  There were so many of them that it divided the debate into two parts.  One for the 10 most prominent candidates, one for the 7 lesser lights.

One of the remaining candidates – I don’t know which, but he/she must have been at the absolute bottom of the barrel – complained that by he/she being left out, a “contribution” was, in effect being made to all the others.

That’s it, folks.  That’s the huge issue, big enough for FEC Democrats to want to punish Fox.

Oh, did I mention that the article goes on to say CNN did exactly the same thing…and no effort whatsoever was made to punish that network, only Fox?

Please use the link I’ve provided and read Mr. Bedard’s entire article.  Then try and find it anywhere in what we laughingly refer to as “mainstream media”.

Keep ’em ignorant and you own ’em.

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