Elizabeth Warren Should Have Gone on Fox News – Jacobin magazine

Elizabeth Warren Should Have Gone on Fox News - Jacobin magazine

Whoopi Goldberg, The View co-hosts rip Elizabeth Warren for Fox News town hall snub

In a statement this week, Warren explained why she would not be appearing on Fox News for a town hall event even though Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar have chosen to do so.

Elizabeth Warren had some pretty strong statements to make about Fox News on Tuesday when she explained she wouldn’t be appearing in any town halls hosted by the popular news organization.

More than that, though, I would absolutely relish the sight of Kamala Harris handing Hannity or Carlson their own asses, and so would every other Democrat. And I would love to see someone like Julian Castro ask Wallace — an otherwise skillful and equal-opportunity interrogator — why he still calls undocumented immigrants “illegals” when objective news outlets have long abandoned the term.

"I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why…

Since DNC Chairman Tom Perez decided to exclude Fox News from debates, I’ve walked a wobbly line between schools of thought on this issue. While I agreed with Perez that the network has demonstrated an inability to “play it straight,” I remained persuadable that under the right circumstances, there could be some benefit to individual Democrats appearing on the network.

"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.

The crux of the critique is that Democrats are missing an opportunity to reach a large audience, as well as to prove themselves in a crucible of adversarial fire from Fox News journalists. Both points of view were expressed by The View co-hosts Goldberg and Sunny Hostin, while MSNBC’s Brzezinski at least acknowledged Warren’s reasons before making the same point.

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"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.

"But Fox News is struggling as more and more advertisers pull out of their hate-filled space. A Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors its safe to buy ads on Fox—no harm to their brand or reputation (spoiler: It’s not)."

But any Democrat who agrees to appear at a Fox News town hall after Warren’s stand is either saying that they don’t believe Fox News is an enterprise fueled by racism and bigotry, or that they think there’s something more important than denying it aid and comfort. Neither should be acceptable to Democratic voters.

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It isn’t shocking to hear people bash Fox News. As a black, female pundit who leans to the right, I’ve been the subject of many insults over the years for appearing on the network. I’ve been alternatively amused and annoyed by the vitriol thrown my way, and towards the people who work at Fox News.

NOTE TO THE HATERS: “Faux News” is about as interesting a comeback these days as “fake news”. Get a new schtick.

But most important, Sanders came across as a serious candidate who was confident enough in his ideas to state them on hostile ground. I think thats important. Because if theres a crisis in America, its that political opponents dont even want to talk to each other anymore.

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Warren’s characterization is rude and disturbing. It is the epitome of the very divisiveness she blames on Trump.

I’ve been on Fox News on both coasts dozens of times over the years. Fox News is a news and opinion outlet. Of the thousands of employees across the country maybe about one or two percent are actually on-air personalities. Of those personalities only a portion are strictly opinion programming. The rest are news anchors and journalists.

Those people might rile up the likes of Warren and her ilk and that’s fine. It’s unfortunate that she encourages the idea that those with a non-liberal opinion are “hateful” but that’s not unexpected. What is uncalled for is her deeply offensive smearing of the thousands of workaday employees who have nothing to do with politics outside of the daily tasks they perform within their job descriptions.

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Fox News isn’t an evil conglomerate full of baby Hitlers preparing to consume the world in a genocidal hellfire. It is a workplace and good people go there every day…to work…to support their families. Forget about the Sean Hannitys of Fox. For every one like him there are a hundred who are just average, hard-working Americans. There are make-up artists and hair dressers. Coffee runners, grips, electricians, camera operators. There are janitors and security officers, receptionists, assistants. Some people work in the mail room. Some work in the cafeteria. There are accountants and human resource officers. There are switchboard operators, editors, sound mixers and audio/visual technicians.

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