Fox News Anchors Respond to DNC Decision to Deny Them a Debate: ‘That’s Really a Shame’

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On Wednesday, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez announced that he would not allow Fox News to host a Democratic primary debate during the 2020 cycle. The announcement was met with mixed reactions, with many coming questioning the decision.

In a statement, Perez pointed to a report by the New Yorker that claimed Fox News tried to bury the Stormy Daniels story, as IJR Blue reported earlier.

Perez said:

“Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”

Several of the anchors for Fox News took to Twitter following Perez’s announcement to condemn the decision, defending their reporting and their debate moderation from previous elections.

In a statement published by Mediaite, Bill Sammon, a Senior Vice President and Managing Editor for Fox, said:

“We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters.”

Several reporters outside of Fox News came to their defense, as well, noting that it could be bad for Democratic campaigns to avoid Fox altogether due to their large audience.

Although Fox News had many defenders, CNN host Brian Stelter wasn’t one of them. He bashed Fox’s prime time lineup, claiming they “dehumanized” Democrats.

“But every night in prime time, Democrats are dehumanized. They are attacked relentlessly by Fox News prime time hosts. It was hard for me to imagine a Democratic primary debate taking place in those hours when figures like [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and [Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are constantly demonized and attacked. So the Democratic National Committee’s making that official and saying we’ll have nothing to do with Fox in this primary season.”

While Stelter and Perez are clearly on the same page with the prime time hosts at Fox, neither addressed the news reporting team of Baier, MacCallum, or Wallace, who Fox said would be moderating the debate. The New Yorker report cited by Perez also lacked any criticisms for the three potential hosts, even pointing to Wallace’s tough interviews with members of the Trump administration.

It isn’t yet clear if the DNC will reconsider their position, as Fox requested.

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Brenda Turner Stayton
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This just shows how bias the DNC is becoming. They are afraid of fair questioning. I’ve never seen such hostility.

KhyberRifle
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Donna Brazile is looking for work. Fox, bring her on board and the DNC will accommodate the gesture with a debate

James
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Eliminating the only truthful news media outlet employing journalists means the gaggle of radicalized Socialists (formerly called “Democrats”) crowding the debate stage will be a continuing running of the clown car with the passengers being fed questions and answers to impress their low-IQ voter base. Sure hope there are some terrible reruns on the tube. This debate won’t be worth the electricity to run a television set.

Rocky Drummond
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Arrange for The Young Turks to replace FOX in the venues hosting debates. The largest independent online news network and the home of progressives.

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