Elizabeth Warren slams Fox News, declines network’s offer of televised town hall

May 15, 2019

Minutes after turning down an opportunity to make a live town hall appearance on Fox News, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) publicly bashed the conservative news network, calling them “hate-for-profit racket” and asking her supporters to donate to her presidential campaign “instead of helping Fox News turn a fatter profit.”

“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,” Warren wrote in a fundraising email.

Trashing Fox News

The Massachusetts senator also took to Twitter to disparage Fox News. She didn’t pull any punches.

“I won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates—especially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers,” Warren continued.

She also cited her frequent media appearances — she said she has participated in some 70 town hall events since January — to argue that she isn’t afraid to face the press or take questions from an inquiring audience. 

“I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January,” Warren 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.”

But since Fox News is the only mainstream network to broadcast popular conservative opinions, it’s clear that Warren’s media engagement has been entirely one-sided; she refuses to field questions from the only journalists who might challenge her positions.

What is she afraid of?

Like Warren, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) snubbed Fox News earlier this year by refusing to allow the network to hold any Democratic presidential debates during the upcoming campaign season because of its alleged “inappropriate relationship” with President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, other Democrats running for president have been happy to participate in town halls sponsored by Fox News. Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) took advantage of an invitation last month, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on the network last week.

For her part, Warren’s decision to boycott Fox News is her loss. They feature the largest cable news audience on television, giving candidates the potential to influence millions of impressionable voters.

Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Sammon made this point following the DNC’s pullout in March, asking Democrats to consider the consequences of their moratorium. He said in a statement:

We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters.

Democratic censor machine

Warren, a second-term senator polling behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Sanders in recent surveys, joins a host of far-left activist groups that have sought to impact Fox News’ bottom line by initiating boycotts against the channel’s pro-Trump news and opinions personalities.

Organizations such as Media Matters and Sleeping Giants have targeted conservative hosts from Laura Ingraham to Tucker Carlson, prompting dozens of advertisers to pull their sponsorship from some of the most popular shows on cable news.

So far, the conservative news outlet has weathered these advertiser boycotts and has been impervious to leftist intimidation.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day,” Carlson said following one of several organized boycotts aimed at taking him off the air. “Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we are grateful for that.”

Indeed, just like previous attempts to censor conservative views, Warren’s harshly worded attack will fail to convince voters to turn away from Fox News programming. She’ll only succeed in alienating potential supporters who are looking for politicians who can answer tough questions from aggressive reporters.

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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.