The writers strike is threatening to put on ice the Dec. 10 Democratic presidential debate hosted by CBS News as the party's front runners are saying they won't cross a picket line.
The strike also is cooling the ardor of the candidates and their wives to appear on ABC's "The View," as the candidates and their spouses are refusing to cross the picket line to make appearances on the talker.
In separate statements or interviews, the three front runners said Wednesday that they will honor picket lines set up by the CBS news writers if they go on strike, but the candidates also appeared willing to honor picket lines set up by the WGA.
While the news writers' union has authorized a strike, one has not been called. The WGA West has been on strike and has set up picket lines in Los Angeles, and could set picket at the CBS studio where soap operas, "The Price Is Right" and primetime shows are produced.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards all said Wednesday that they will refuse to cross a picket line to participate in the debate.
"The workers at CBS News have been without a contract for close to 2 1/2 years," Clinton said Wednesday. "It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News but let me be clear: I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike."
The Democratic solidarity with the union cause is not unexpected as organized labor has been one of the party's building blocks.
Edwards said he and his wife will honor the picket lines of both unions, adding that they were canceling an appearance on "View."
FACEBOOK USERS RAISE PRIVACY COMPLAINTS
Some users of the online hangout Facebook are complaining that its two-week-old marketing program is publicizing their purchases for friends to see.
Those users say they never noticed a small box that appears on a corner of their Web browsers following transactions at Fandango, Overstock and other online retailers. The box alerts users that information is about to be shared with Facebook unless they click on "No Thanks." It disappears after about 20 seconds, after which consent is assumed.
Users are given a second notice the next time they log on to Facebook, but they can easily miss it if they quickly click away to visit a friend's page or check e-mail.
"People should be given much more of a notice, much more of an alert," said Matthew Helfgott, 20, a college student who discovered his girlfriend just bought him black leather gloves from Overstock for Hanukkah. "She said she had no idea (information would be shared). She said it invaded her privacy."
The girlfriend was declining interviews, Helfgott said.
An Overstock.com Inc. spokesman said no one was immediately available for comment Wednesday.
Facebook has long prided itself on guarding its users' privacy, but the walls have gradually lowered. In 2006, a "news feeds" feature allowing users to track changes friends make to profiles backfired when many users denounced it as stalking and threatened protests. Facebook quickly apologized and agreed to let users turn off the feature.