NEW YORK - Presidential candidate Fred Karger on Thursday sent a 158-page sworn, notarized formal request for investigation to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in Washington, D.C., protesting his exclusion from Fox's GOP Presidential Debate last Thursday in Ames, Iowa.
Karger had more than met Fox News Channel's "pre-established objective criteria" when he hit the threshold of averaging 1% in five national polls on Aug. 4, 2011. He communicated this to Fox executives and the other debate sponsors in two separate letters dated Aug. 5, 2011 and Aug. 8, 2011, ahead of the Aug. 9, 2011 - 4 pm CDT cutoff. Fox News Channel then changed its rules so that Karger could not join its debate.
At 11 am EDT Thursday, Karger personally delivered a copy of his formal complaint with attachments to Murdoch at his News Corp. offices in New York.
In separate letters to Murdoch and other Fox executives as well as to the six FEC Commissioners, Karger and his attorneys stated their case for an immediate investigation of Fox. The FEC was asked to expedite its investigation because Fox News is holding its next debate on Sept. 22, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.
Karger stated in his letter to the FEC:
“I am the first openly gay major party candidate to ever run for President of the United States. I have experienced many doors slammed in my face by individuals and outside political organizations during the past eighteen months, but this blatant affront by Fox News executives smacks of discrimination and I hope the Commission will investigate post-haste.”