Elizabeth Warren turns down invitation from Fox News for televised town hall
Elizabeth Warren has done her best to alienate the millions of viewers who tune in to watch Fox News every night.
Warren recently declined an offer from Fox News to appear on a televised town hall, instead opting to slam what she called the “hate-for-profit” network in a rant on Twitter.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, the 2020 hopeful claimed that Fox News is a vehicle to “turn us against each other,” among other things.
“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 went on: “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.
“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,” Warren added, “especially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers.”
While Warren rails against Fox News, the rest of the Democratic candidates for president ahead of 2020 are taking advantage of the opportunity to reach a new audience.
Indeed, Bernie Sanders has already held a town hall with Fox News. As a matter of fact, early on in the town hall, Bret Baier had to tell Sanders to chill out on all the Fox-bashing.
Pete Buttigieg and Any Klobuchar have also appeared on Fox News town halls in recent weeks, and Kirsten Gillibrand has one on the books.
But not Warren. Instead, the Massachusetts senator is playing a dangerous game by making blanket statements about the most popular network on television.
She has been climbing in the polls as of late, but she still drags behind Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, and this move will likely hurt her support among moderate Democrats.
Will her campaign be able to recover? Only time will tell.