MoveOn panel to question Democratic contenders

Biden. Clinton. Edwards. Kucinich. Obama. Richardson.

Next Tuesday—April 10th—at 7:15pm Eastern, MoveOn is using the Internet to connect presidential candidates directly to the people.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, and Joe Biden will answer questions from’s 3.2 million members in the first of three virtual town hall meetings. The topic: Iraq.

MoveOn members have submitted tough questions about their Iraq plans, and we’re gathering from coast to coast to hear the answers directly. Right after the virtual town hall meeting, MoveOn will survey members to see which candidate we believe will do the best job of leading us out of the war in Iraq.

You can search here for a house party near you, or sign up to host your own. We’re hosting one and looking forward to hearing from so many candidates. It should be an interesting, informative, and (I hope) enlightening evening.

5 responses to “MoveOn panel to question Democratic contenders

  1. My question to all of the above-named candidates is, “Why are you appearing at an event hosted by what is arguably an anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic hate organization?”

    In 2005, published a derogatory picture of Pope Benedict waving a gavel outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The theme was identital to Thomas Nast’s “The Catholics are taking over America” cartoons of the 19th century.

    Until it was taken down in disgrace in September 2006, MoveOn’s Action Forum, with the full knowledge and approval of the moderators who were exercising editorial control over it, served as a platform for anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, and anti-Evangelical hate speech, with prominent (Republican) African-Americans being denounced with racist terms.

    Since Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, and Joe Biden would (hopefully) not appear at a Town Hall hosted by the Ku Klux Klan, why are they appearing at one hosted by

    Furthermore, MoveOn’s own credibility is totally shot as far as “ending the war” goes. Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan says it fabricated a poll that misrepresented its members’ views, and that Eli Pariser is a “wannabee power broker.” Does MoveOn exist to serve its 3.2 million rank and file members, or the ambitions of Eli Pariser?

  2. Bill, thanks for your comments. According to the info I have, the Action Forum was temporarily suspended, as it was during the 2004 election cycle, to conserve bandwidth. The forum was open to any and all comments, with no censorship other than that exerted by readers who rated the importance (and thus appropriateness) of comments. There are wackos in every crowd who will unfortunately say and do wacko things. I’ve personally seen and experienced no evidence of any kind that MoveOn as an organization is anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, etc.

    Regarding Sheehan’s letter, I haven’t been aware of it. However, after now having done a lot of searching and reading online, it appears that MoveOne and Eli Pariser were attempting to show support for the option they thought had the best chance of actually passing Congress, thereby avoiding giving GWB a blank check for his war.

    I’m sure MoveOn isn’t perfect. However, they’re doing a lot of work to get us a progressive government, and they’re capable of mobilizing a lot of people and a lot of money toward that end. They can also make things happen, like this forum, which will give us an opportunity to hear directly from the major candidates about a vital issue. What matters most to me is getting W out of office; and I support MoveOn and similar organizations that are working to make that happen.

  3. Tiffany,

    The Action Forum was not “temporarily suspended,” it is still offline (more than five months after the election). My prediction is that it will never be brought back, because of the scandal.

    Re: “The forum was open to any and all comments, with no censorship other than that exerted by readers who rated the importance (and thus appropriateness) of comments.”

    This is MoveOn’s story, but it is not true. My criticisms of and the hate speech were censored. So were a friend’s pro-Israel postings. The fact that some postings were censored show that MoveOn was exercising editorial control over the forum, in favor of the hate speech (which was allowed to stand). Furthermore, the hate speech received very high approval ratings, usually 70-95%, from the other participants.

    In addition, the Action Forum FAQ page, which is still online, says that the moderators saw each piece of hate speech twice:
    It has therefore been proven that MoveOn lied about not knowing about the hate speech until last August, and also about not exercising any censorship. It did exercise censorship, in favor of postings that used “Jew” as an epithet while calling Powell and Rice “house slaves.”

    I am sure the MoveOn members you knowwould be appalled by the contents of the Action Forum (and MoveOn’s official anti-Catholic ad), but there are plenty of things its leaders are not telling you. They’re happy to take your money and time, but they are there to serve themselves.

    W is term-limited out of office, so he won’t be there no matter what does. 🙂 The hate speech scandal could, in fact, cost the Democratic candidate the election if he or she accepts MoveOn’s support. MoveOn already cost Democrat Lois Murphy a Congressional election she was projected to win against Jim Gerlach, because Gerlach used the hate speech scandal against her.

  4. P.S. If you want an independently-verifiable example of official hate speech from MoveOn itself (not the Action Forum), do a Google search on “” and “Pope Benedict.” If you do an image search, several examples of the 2005 advertisement will show up on the first page of your search.

  5. Bill,

    It makes perfect sense for Bill Richardson to appear in an anti-Catholic forum because his actions are anti-Catholic. He calls himself a Catholic, yet he openly defies his bishop and publicly pursues embryonic stem cell research and abortion on demand.

    It’s been said that nobody hates the Catholic Church more than fallen away Catholics. Over time, Bill Richardson will show how true this still is.

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