Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, declined a request from FOX News to do a town hall interview, calling the network in a series of tweets a “hate-for-profit network that gives a megaphone to racists…”
Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—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.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
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
The presidential candidate said that doing the town hall would help legitimize the network and that the network is suffering from companies pulling advertisements.
While some companies have pulled ads, the network still dominates the ratings in primetime viewership. By comparison, CNN’s ratings dropped 26 percent during the month of April.
Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee announced it was boycotting FOX News as a primary debate host.
However, not all candidates have followed this boycott. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, has already participated in a town hall.
Sanders’ town hall was the highest rated candidate town hall on any network during this election cycle.
Also Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg will participate in one in the future.
FOX News has still not publicly responded to Warren’s statement.