DAILYKENN.com --The last thing the Democrats need is objective and probing questions from Fox News. To that end the Democratic Party has banned the network from hosting any of its primary debates in 2020.
Top tier journalists Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Martha MacCallum are bound to ask questions that will resonate with voters into the general election. That, in turn, could nudge a handful of voters into the Republican sphere. Considering the razor-thin divide between Republicans and Democrats, that's a risk the DNC won't take.
Recall in 2016 Donna Brazile fed questions to candidate Hillary Clinton prior to a debate. It appears that Democrats can't tolerate the fair-and-balanced ethos of Fox News.
From vox.com ▼ Emily Stewart
The Democratic National Committee will hold 12 debates during the 2020 presidential primary. None will be hosted by Fox News due to concerns over the network’s tight relationship with President Donald Trump.
DNC Chair Tom Perez announced on Wednesday that Democrats won’t partner with Fox News for any debate during the primary. He cited concerns over a blockbuster story from the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published on Monday detailing the close ties between Fox News and the White House.
“I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters,” Perez said in a statement. “That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including Fox News. 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.”
Fox News urged the DNC to reconsider the decision. In a statement, Fox News senior vice president Bill Sammon said the network’s debate team of journalists Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Martha MacCallum embody the “ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism.” He warned that Democrats are missing out on “an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America.”
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