Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez received pushback from anchor Bill Hemmer for his organization’s decision against allowing the network to host a Democratic primary debate during a Monday interview on Fox News.
The widely criticized decision was due to the DNC viewing the network as a form of propaganda for the Republican Party, as IJR Red reported. However, during the interview, Hemmer revisited the issue and asked Perez if he would ever reconsider.
“Will you reconsider your decision of having debates on the Fox News Channel?” Hemmer asked.
“Here is why we won’t do that,” Perez responded. “I don’t have faith in your leadership at Fox News at the senior levels.”
Perez then went on to compliment the news team but said his issue was with the commentators and leadership.
“I have great respect for Bret [Baier] and for Chris [Wallace] and for you,” Perez said. “But you’ve demonstrated that above your pay grade, they don’t trust your own listeners, and so they feel like they have to put their thumb on the scale.”
Watch the video below:
DNC Chair @TomPerez shows a complete lack of self-awareness by saying that the Democrats won’t debate on Fox because he thinks Fox blurs the line between news and opinion.
CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the MSM, are 100% shills for the Democratic Party.
Tom Perez is a hypocrite. pic.twitter.com/QAS7dO5llr
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) April 15, 2019
“They have pierced that line between editorial and your Sean Hannity shows,” Perez said. “If they want to do that, that’s fine.”
Hemmer then pushed back on Perez’s comments.
“You know there is a line between what we do at 9:00 and what happens in the prime time. It’s like reading a newspaper, Tom,” Hemmer said. “And it has been the same way for a long time. I really hope you come back. I really hope you reconsider.”
As IJR Red previously reported, many reporters at Fox News were extremely critical of the decision and pointed out that their audience should be given the opportunity to hear from those that may not have the same beliefs.
On Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will become the only Democratic 2020 presidential candidate to attend a town hall on the network so far during this election. It is uncertain if any other candidates will follow his example.