‘A hate-for-profit racket’: Warren refuses Fox town hall invite

‘A hate-for-profit racket’: Warren refuses Fox town hall invite

Sen. Elizabeth Warren turned down an invitation to participate in a town hall hosted by Fox News. | John Minchillo/AP Photo 2020 Elections 'A hate-for-profit racket': Warren refuses Fox town hall invite The Massachusetts senator sets herself apart from Bernie Sanders and other Democrats who've played ball with the network. By ALEX THOMPSON 05/14/2019 11:00 AM EDT Updated 05/14/2019 11:53 AM EDT 2019-05-14T11:53-0400 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Elizabeth Warren turned down a Fox News invitation Tuesday for a televised town hall and denounced the cable network as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.” The network has been inviting Democratic presidential candidates to participate in town halls moderated by its news reporters. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar already done the events, while Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand are scheduled to. All of them have criticized the network’s coverage of the Trump administration but defended going on the network as a means to reach voters.Story Continued Below Without mentioning her rivals, Warren argued that agreeing to go on the network would ultimately lend Fox News credibility and boost its revenue. “A Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass,” she wrote in a Twitter thread. “Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet.” A Fox News representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Anticipating criticism that she’s ducking hard questions, Warren noted that since January she’s done town halls in 17 states, had 57 media “availabilities” with reporters and done 131 interviews. After her town halls and events, Warren often takes questions from reporters for a few minutes. Her team said that they tabulated that she has taken over 1,100 questions the media since January. 2020 elections ‘When Biden announced, everything changed’ By DAVID SIDERS Warren also participated in two CNN town halls earlier this year. “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,” she wrote. “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.
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