‘Hard Pass’: Warren Explains Why She Turned Down Town Hall at ‘Hate-For-Profit’ Fox News

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Despite the success of fellow Democratic candidates at Fox News town halls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has turned down an invitation and brutally criticized the news network in her explanation of why.

“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists,” Warren tweeted Tuesday. “It’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”

“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,” she continued. “It’s all about dragging in ad money—big ad money.”

Warren believed that her town hall would bring back advertisers and increase ratings for the news network, and she doesn’t want any part of it. She went on to explain she’s held multiple town halls across the United States already, including in traditionally red states such as Texas and Alabama.

“Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet,” Warren concluded. “But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass.”

Warren’s thoughts of Fox News align with Democratic National Committee, who announced in March that they would not allow the network to host a Democratic primary debate. But many Democratic candidates retaliated and appeared on Fox News despite criticisms from their own party.

“For better or for worse — and it is for worse — for whatever reason, you know, Fox has a huge viewing audience,”  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on his decision to participate in a town hall last month. “And to simply say that we’re not going to talk to millions of people who watch that network — I don’t think is smart.”

Sanders’ town hall was hugely successful and became the most-viewed town hall out of any candidate on any network in the election cycle so far. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) followed suit and participated in a Fox News town hall of her own. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg are slated to appear on town halls soon.

2020 hopeful John Delaney called out Warren for turning down the opportunity. “If you’re not using your town hall, I will,” he tweeted Tuesday. “Democratic candidates have to campaign everywhere and talk to all voters.”

Warren, however, is standing by her decision. One of the senator’s aides told CNN that Warren doesn’t intend to do any Fox News appearances.

“And we’re not giving them 60 minutes of her time for an exclusive major TV event so they can market it to their advertisers,” the aide said.

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Perhaps it was FOX who turned her down; explaining they didn’t have the money to hire a team of exterminators to clear the premises once Chief Spreading Bull left.





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