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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – WND Editor Joseph Farah has been chosen to moderate a Republican presidential debate here the night of Sept 17.



The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is the scene of the Values Voter Republican Presidential Debate Sept. 17, 2007. WND Editor Joseph Farah is the event’s moderator.

The “Values Voter Presidential Debate,” is being produced by ValuesVoter.org, a group which says on its website “Our American values are the values that existed before time and were articulated in America’s founding document on her birthday, the 4th of July, 1776.”

Regarding the selection of WND’s Farah, debate organizer Janet Folger said, “As long as I can remember I’ve been hearing complaints about the liberal media. I’ve heard about their power and undue influence. For too long the pundits have made their proclamations and people have fallen into lock step. But, not anymore.”

Looking forward to the event, Farah said, “So often in presidential debates, questions are asked and answers don’t address the questions. When that happens, I’m going to try to persuade the candidates to focus more precisely on what was asked.”

Questions will also come from 40 of America’s leaders including: Paul Weyrich, founder and president of the Free Congress Foundation; Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum; Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association; Judge Roy Moore, a WND columnist with the Foundation for Moral Law; Rick Scarborough of Vision America; and Mat Staver of Liberty Council.

In addition, the group is soliciting questions in advance from the public. It has an e-mail address where they can be sent directly.

“We’ve heard the questions from talking snowmen. We’ve gotten the crumbs that fell from Chris Matthews’ table. Now it’s our turn,” says the debate’s website. “So, quit shaking your fist at the TV and send in the questions that you want answered!”

The event is slated for Monday night, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. While another date had been planned for the Democratic candidates, they all declined.

Republicans participating include Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, Sam Brownback, Ron Paul and John Cox. Organizers said others, including Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Fred Thompson, all declined.

The debate will be broadcast live on Sky Angel, and rebroadcast on the Inspiration (INSP) Network , the DayStar Television Network, God TV and TBN Nejat TV, which covers the entire Middle East and Europe. It will also be streamed live on pro-family websites including ValuesVoterDebate.com and AFA.net, and heard live on the VCY and AFA radio networks.

Joseph Farah is the founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND, the world’s leading independent Internet news source.

In addition, Farah writes a daily column for WND and a weekly newspaper column for Creators Syndicate. He is also the founder and co-publisher of WND Books, a publishing venture that has produced several New York Times best sellers in the last five years.



Joseph Farah made a name for himself with traditional daily newspapers prior to his founding of WorldNetDaily – running the Sacramento Union, directing the news operation of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for six years and serving as editor in chief of a group of California dailies and weeklies.

He has written for such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post, National Review, TV Guide, Reason, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times and a host of other national, international and regional publications.

Farah’s latest book is called “Stop The Presses: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution.” He has written or collaborated on more than a dozen others, including Rush Limbaugh’s 1994 No. 1 best seller “See, I Told You So.” His previous book, “Taking America Back,” was first published in 2003 and again in paperback in 2005.

Farah’s many journalism awards include honors for reporting to writing headlines to honesty and courage in journalism to editing and newspaper design.

Farah speaks all over the world on topics ranging from the Middle East to the media to domestic policy issues.

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