WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren rejected a town hall invite from Fox News, saying the ‘hate-for-profit’ network will only market the event to their advertisers.
- The Massachusetts Senator argued that she won’t ask ‘millions of Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates.’
- According to one of Warren’s aides, the senator currently has no plans to make any Fox News appearances heading into the 2020 election.
Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren rejected a town hall invite from Fox News in an announcement Tuesday morning, and blasted the network for being a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
The Massachusetts Senator blasted the network’s “hate-for-profit” model in a series of tweets. She argued that 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.”
The network’s town hall events this year have already featured Democrat Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Its upcoming events involve other candidates such as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.
Warren pointed out that featuring Democrat presidential candidates in its town hall event was only the network’s “way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Fox – no harm to their brand or reputation (spoiler: it’s not).”
She continued, “I won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates – especially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers.”
However, she stated that the network’s journalists are still welcome to continue covering her campaign events.
One of Warren’s aides informed CNN that the senator currently has no plans to make any Fox News appearances heading into the 2020 election.
The aide explained, “We’re not giving them 60 minutes of her time for an exclusive major TV event so they can market it to their advertisers.”
Warren’s last Fox News appearance was in the spring of last year when she promoted legislation alongside Senate colleagues.