As IJR previously reported, Warren took to Twitter to explain why she won’t be doing any events with Fox News during her 2020 bid for president. The senator smeared Fox News as “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
She even went as far as claiming that Fox News perpetuates “life and death consequences” against Americans through their “bigotry, racism, and outright lies.” Warren claimed that doing an event with Fox News would be forcing Democratic primary voters to turn on the network and turn profits for a company she dislikes.
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
During the Wednesday show, host Sunny Hostin called out Warren for being “dismissive” of the Americans that tune into Fox News.
Watch Hostin call out Warren:
“It may be a minority opinion, but I just — I think that it’s being very dismissive of so many Americans for her not to go on Fox News. Fox News is a top — was the top basic cable network in April. It finished in 2018 as the most-watched basic cable network for the third consecutive year among both primetime and total day viewers. I think there are a lot of real journalists there like Chris Wallace, like Shep Smith. I think if you want to be the president of the United States — for everyone — then you need to speak to everyone.”
After taking time to rib President Donald Trump for his preferential treatment to Fox News, host Joy Behar admitted that she agreed with Hostin.
Meghan McCain echoed some of Hostin’s points, saying, “It’s short-sighted on [Warren’s] part for a few reasons. Number one, if you can change one mind in a Republican household, that to me would be worth it for Elizabeth Warren. […] You’ve got to go to spaces that are uncomfortable.”
McCain speculated that Warren is using this public moment to bash Fox News in hopes of solidifying the far-left base that may not have appreciated Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) decision to speak on Fox News. Behar somewhat agreed, noting that Warren “has to get through the primaries.”
While Behar may think it’s a good strategy, McCain and Hostin disagreed and claimed that it could damage Warren post-primary if she isolates Fox News viewers.
“Fox viewers will remember that,” Hostin noted.
Host Whoopi Goldberg left it at this: “If you can’t face the Fox audience, you can’t face the U.S. It’s that simple.”