Elizabeth Warren Says She Turned Down Fox News for a 2020 Campaign Town Hall
"I won’t ask Democratic primary voters to tune in to an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates," she said Tuesday.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will not follow Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg in appearing in town hall events on Fox News pegged to their candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
"Fox News invited Elizabeth to do a town hall," a page on her campaign website reads. "She turned them down."
In a petition on her website, the candidate elaborated on her decision to abstain from participating: "A Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Fox — no harm to their brand or reputation. So Elizabeth won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune in to an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates."
The senator also lambasted Fox News on Twitter. "Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracy theorists," she wrote. "I won’t ask Democratic primary voters to tune in to an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates. 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."
Warren claimed that "Fox News is struggling as more and more advertisers pull out of their hate-filled space."
"I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January," she wrote on Tuesday. "Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass."
A Fox News spokesperson has not yet responded to a request for comment on Warren's claim.