Fmr Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Blasts DNC’s Move to Ban Fox News From Hosting Primary Debates as ‘Silly’

Former White House deputy chief of staff for operations Alyssa Mastromonaco said she was “disappointed” by the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision to bar Fox News from airing any of the Democratic presidential primary debates during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mastromonaco — who departed from the Obama White House in 2014 — said in the interview that she did not “understand the strategy” behind the DNC’s move, blasting the act as “silly”:

“I was disappointed. I don’t understand the strategy behind thinking that we’re going to expand our base into the Fox News audience when we really need to unite our own party. Now, it is just this unnecessary controversy. President Trump is tweeting about it. It’s silly.”

She went on to lampoon the decision further, saying that “of all the things to come out of the gate with, is that the one?”

DNC chairman Tom Perez said in a Wednesday statement that the committee would ban Fox News from airing any of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates, citing an article from the New Yorker about the news network’s relationship with the Trump administration.

Perez said in a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he “needed to have 100 percent confidence before we sign up in a debate,” adding that he does not “have that confidence anymore in Fox.”

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The announcement prompted a response from Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz, who came to the defense of the network on Thursday, saying that “there are an awful lot of people at this company […] who try to play things right down the middle.”

“It would be like writing a whole piece saying The New York Times is an anti-Trump newspaper and mostly quoting from the editorial page,” Kurtz added.

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The announcement even drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to weigh in:

The pool of candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary has swelled to 14 people, featuring big names such as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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Rocky Drummond

FOX is nothing more than a GOP propaganda machine. That was the Ailes / Murdoch business plan.


Because nothing says “We’re hiding something” like barring a new outlet outright. q.v. obnoxiously aggressive narcissists like Acosta, who was barred as an individual from WH press conferences, not CNN as an entity.


This Mastromonaco gal weaned herself off the BHO Kool hiv? She’s probably in good company but the first and only Barryhead (like a vulgarized deadhead) to admit it. How did she arrive “on a different planet” where, Barry said, Fox viewers lived?





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