During a Monday interview on MSNBC, former Obama senior adviser Jim Messina spoke out about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass) refusal to attend a Fox News town hall.
When asked if he would recommend Democratic presidential candidates to appear on Fox News, he claimed that it was beneficial before going after Warren for her comments against the network.
“I would, and I think Elizabeth Warren pointed out, she’s like, ‘I don’t want to give ad revenue to a network I disagree with,’” Messina said.
As IJR Red reported, Warren recently slammed the network and refused to attend a town hall event hosted by Fox News.
“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.”
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.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
However, Messina pointed out Warren’s double standard, saying that the candidate had spent money for ads on a platform she was critical of.
“But, you know, she’s out there spending millions of dollars on Facebook, which she wants to break up,” Messina said. “That logic doesn’t make sense to me.”
Watch his interview below:
As IJR Red previously reported, the DNC has banned Fox from hosting any Democratic primary debates, and while Messina agrees with that decision, he claimed it was still important to appear on different networks.
“I think you’ve got to go where the voters are, and stop playing games and start talking to people,” Messina said. “I understand the DNC’s decision not to have a debate there, I think that’s a little bit different. But for these candidates, we’ve got to go make our case to the American people, and if that includes being on Fox News, then we’ve got to do it.”
Some Democratic candidates have spoken out about the importance of attending town hall events on the network, yet others, such as Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif) and Warren, have stood strong in their criticism.