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John Edwards: No CBS News picket-crossing AND no 'View' appearance


John Edwards, who picketed with Writers Guild strikers Friday, one-upped Hillary Rodham Clinton by announcing that not only would he honor a CBS News strike -- were one to occur -- by not participating in the network's Dec. 10 Democratic debate, but he won't go on "The View" next week because that guild-represented show is continuing to tape without writers.

(Earlier, Clinton issued a statement saying that if CBS News staffers, who authorized a strike this week, actually walked out, she would not cross their picket line.)

Here's Edwards' statement about CBS News and "The View":

"Elizabeth and I will honor the members of the Writers Guild of America who are on strike at 'The View' by canceling our appearance on the show next week.  I call on all of my fellow candidates and their campaigns to do the same.

"In addition, we will also honor any picket lines at CBS News, up to and including the CBS presidential debate on December 10th. As I said when I walked the WGA picket line in California last Friday, these workers are making a simple request for their fair share of the huge profits being made by multinational media corporations.

"I am a strong believer in collective bargaining, and I hope that in each of these disputes, management and the union are able to agree on a just settlement. But until those settlements are reached, I will stand firmly with these workers in their fight for a better life."

More news on the strike

-- Kate Aurthur

Comments () | Archives (4)

Bravo to John Edwards for taking a clear stand by refusing to cross a picket line. A generation ago this would likely have been a self-evidently honorable decision for a Democrat presidential candidate, and even for a few Republican candidates as well. Have we made any progress since then? How odd that the decision by a sole Democratic presidential candidate to support workers in a labor dispute exercising their right to strike must now be considered an act of courage. The other Democratic candidates should be ashamed.

Refusal to cross the WGA picket line, thus unable to appear on The View? Edwards is using this ploy to distinguish himself from Hillary Clinton, who gained a lot of support from women, when she appeared on The View. Let's not forget she visited pre-WGA strike. The View women are all pro-Hillary now that Elizabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave. Good move on Edwards' part. No point appearing in a venue where he hasn't a hope or prayer of gaining votes, while claiming he's standing up for the writers. Devious, but effecient campaigning.

Yeah, but - Edwards was involved in a Wall Street fund that financially exploited many of the affected homeowners in hurricane-damaged New Orleans. To me, those actions would cast a shadow of suspicioun on other actions on behalf of labor or the underprivildeged.


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