2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently elicited cheers from the far left — and eye-rolls from everyone else — when she dramatically announced that she would not appear on the “racist” and “hate-for-profit” Fox News Channel for a town hall event.
Surprisingly, Warren received some push back on her decision from the predominately liberal-leaning hosts of ABC’s “The View,” who questioned whether Warren was doing herself a disservice by ignoring the network’s huge audience.
Alienating the Fox News audience
Co-host Meghan McCain, who used to work at Fox News, noted how successful previous Fox News town hall and debate events have been.
“With all due respect, it’s a little short-sighted not to speak to the Fox audience,” McCain said. “Why not give this a second look, because I really do think this is a mistake … it’s such a huge audience and it’s such an interesting part of the country that watches?”
Warren danced around the question for a moment and claimed that she wanted to reach as many potential voters as possible, citing her various appearances in red states over the past few months.
However, Warren insisted that Fox News executives are running a “hate-for-profit scam” that she wants no part in, and claimed the network serves as a platform for racism and “white nationalists.” She further added that she didn’t want to help Fox News executives make any more money than they already do.
McCain said, “There’s so many people that watch that are really good people, and I just think you’re alienating an audience, and for me, it just sounds like you don’t care about the people who watch Fox News.”
Warren insisted she did care about the viewers, but returned to her hang-up over Fox News executives, to which co-host Joy Behar suggested, “Follow the money.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg chimed in on the network executives angle and said, “We should be very careful sometimes, because you scratch the surface wherever you go, and cockroaches run out everywhere.” Warren conceded, “Fair point.”
Co-host Sonny Hostin chimed in, pointing out that Fox News anchors like Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace were “fair and balanced” journalists. Warren conceded that point, but still stuck by her stance that she didn’t want to help the network executives improve Fox News’ ratings or advertising sales with her presence.
Sen. Warren can cast aspersions at Fox News executives all she wants, but as Goldberg pointed out, there are profit-minded executives at all of the networks. In truth, Warren may be afraid of receiving tough questions from