With the 2020 Democratic primary season already underway, the Democratic National Committee is standing by its foolish stance of freezing out Fox News and its massive audience as hosts of any primary debate events.
NBC News reported that the boycott of the network by the DNC hasn’t stopped a number of Democratic contender from making appearances for interviews on Fox programs, or participating in town hall-style events, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — the highest-rated town hall event so far — and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar have already done, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to do.
There is one Democratic hopeful who appears highly unlikely to ever appear on Fox’s airwaves, however. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren just revealed in a seven-tweet thread how she turned down an offer to do a town hall-style event on the network, which she arrogantly dismissed as nothing more than a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Warren tweeted on Tuesday morning, “I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down — here’s why.”
I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why…
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists — it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class,” Warren wrote.
She continued, “Hate-for-profit works only if there’s profit, so Fox News balances a mix of bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet. It’s all about dragging in ad money — big ad money.”
“But Fox News is struggling as more and more advertisers pull out of their hate-filled space. A Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Fox — no harm to their brand or reputation (spoiler: It’s not),” Warren tweeted.
Warren eventually concluded, “I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January. Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass.”
Sen. Warren attempted to justify her refusal to appear on Fox News for a town hall-style event by smearing the network as being hate-filled and a mouthpiece for conspiratorial racists, and other such nonsense.
While that pathetic excuse may fly with her hyper-partisan, Fox-hating base of supporters, it doesn’t hold up with the tens of millions of centrist Americans, millions of whom occasionally tune into Fox for the latest news and would be open to watching a town hall-style event with Warren, if only to hear what she has to say.
The most likely unspoken truth is not that Fox News is a hateful and racist network — seriously, how absurd of an excuse is that? — but that Warren would prefer to avoid the hard-hitting questions she would no doubt receive from actual journalists. Questions about her far-left progressive proposals, how she intends to pay for all of the freebies she has offered to voters, and, of course, her dubious and debunked claims of Native American heritage.
Instead, Warren would rather appear on friendly liberal networks that won’t press her on her prior ancestral dishonesty or demand specifics for her unaffordable and unworkable policy prescriptions.
The truth is, Warren is a coward who is incapable of defending her ludicrous ideas when put to the test, and she would likely emerge crushed and damaged following an event on Fox News.
At least Sanders, Klobuchar and Buttigieg have the guts to take that risk and spread the message of their campaigns to an unfamiliar audience. That’s supposed to be the entire point of launching a nationwide campaign for the presidency — one that attempts to speak to everyone, not just the cloistered audience that watches a preferred liberal network.
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