Russert: “If You Can’t Handle TV Questions…”

By Brian 

“If you can’t face Fox, you can’t face [fill in the blank]” is a standard talking point against Democrats who have declined to participate in a presidential debate sponsored by Fox News. Roger Ailes is the most notable person to express a varation of the point.

Last week on Hannity & Colmes, Tim Russert repeated something similar. “It’s a TV show,” Russert told Alan Colmes. “If you can’t handle TV questions, how are you going to stand up to Iran, and North Korea, and the rest of the world?”

USA Today’s politics blogs says Fox News brought the comment “to our attention…”

> Also: Hillary Clinton is the only Democrat who hasn’t agreed to appear on Russert’s Meet the Candidates series, The Politico says…