Further enshrining her reputation as a coastal elitist “too good” for the “basket of deplorables” that watch Fox News, 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that she declined a town hall offer on the network, departing from the rather smart political maneuvers of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warren’s campaign website boasted on a page that the 2020 candidate proudly rejected a Fox News town hall in order not to send the message that sponsors should buy ads on the network.
“Fox News invited Elizabeth to do a town hall,” the post begins. “She turned them down.”
“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,” it continues. “So Elizabeth won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune in to an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates.”
Warren continued to share her hatred for Fox News on Twitter by blasting the network for giving a platform to “racists and conspiracy theorists.”
“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracy theorists,” she wrote. “I won’t ask Democratic primary voters to tune in to an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates. 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.”
Warren further claimed that “Fox News is struggling as more and more advertisers pull out of their hate-filled space.”
“I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January,” Warren said. “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.”
Needless to say, Warren’s maneuver here is entirely political, not ideological — no matter how pure it may seem. The fact of the matter is she trails in the polls behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete so much so that she has no choice but to characterize herself as the most radical of the bunch. While the move may fare well with the hard-core progressives, it will not bolster her electability in the general election against President Trump, whose base would see Warren’s refusal to share her ideas on Fox News as another “basket of deplorables” moment that cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election. Even Republican strategist Karl Rove admitted that the openly socialist Bernie Sanders made a wise decision by departing from the party line and participating in the first Fox News town hall.
“That was a smart move on his part,” Rove said on Fox News last month.
“Some of the Trump campaign people said, ‘You know what? We’re paying attention to this guy,'” Rove added. “‘We’ve got to take him seriously.'”
The hatred for Fox News among the Democrat Party runs deep. In March of this year, the DNC declared that the network would not be allowed to host a primary debate.