Should Democrats be appearing on Fox News? | The Tylt
Should Democrats be appearing on Fox News?
Warren stated while she loved a town hall, she had turned down Fox's invitation.
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...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.
As GQ explains, by inviting Democratic candidates on its airwaves, Fox is giving itself the veneer of bipartisanship and impartiality, something that makes it look more appetizing to advertisers.
[Warren's] argument was that her participation in a town hall—and the participation of others like her—allows Fox News to assure would-be advertisers that their products will appear on a legitimate news outlet, and not on a platform that doubles as one of the most destructive forces in modern politics. (After all, if it weren't legitimate, would an honest-to-goodness presidential candidate grace it with its presence?) Given that Fox News is "struggling" as wary sponsors "pull out of their hate-filled space," she says, she would be doing Americans a disservice by lending it her credibility.
Bernie Sanders, who appeared on Fox News several weeks prior to Warren's statement, disagreed with her thought process. In an interview with Trevor Noah on the Daily Show, Sanders said he felt it was important to reach out to Trump voters to make his message heard.
I think it's important to talk to those people and say, ‘You know what? I know many of you voted for Donald Trump, but he lied to you...I think it's important to talk to Trump supporters and explain to them to what degree he has betrayed the working class of this country.
Other, lesser-known candidates felt Warren was rejecting precious airtime. John Delaney, a former Congressman running for president, felt Warren was turning down a powerful opportunity to talk to voters.