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One thing I forgot to mention in the earlier post about Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney backing out of the YouTube debate on CNN is that it is merely just desserts in the Democrats’ refusal to participate in Fox-sponsored debates. Snowmen, singers and hillbillies give GOPers an easy excuse — it demeans the process.

Plus, there’s also a perception that YouTube skews left (one of its founders gave to Barack Obama), if only because the blogosphere is regarded as a liberal domain. And on that note, some of the biggest bloggers, after convincing Democrats not to participate in Fox News-sponsored debates, are escalating their attack on the news channel. They are pressuring advertisers not to patronize Fox. Among the blogs are Moveon.org, DailyKos and Campaign for America’s Future.

The effort is being organized in part by Brave New Films, which has produced anti-Fox videos. They will gather a database of advertisers and then wage a phone-campaign to pressure different sponsors. First up will be local advertisers.

“It’s a lot more effective for Sam’s Diner to get calls from 10 people in his town than going to the consumer complaint department of some pharmaceutical company,” Brave New Films’ Jim Gilliam tells the AP.

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