The Democratic National Committee delivered a serious blow to Fox News after announcing today it has no intentions of including Fox News as a televised partner during the 2020 Democratic debates. The decision comes after a disturbing New Yorker article showed the right-wing news outlet essentially allows only positive coverage of President Trump, including personal testimony from a former Fox News contributor.
DNC president Tom Perez cited the article as conclusive evidence that Fox was “not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates.”
I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters. That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including FOX News, Perez said in a statement to HuffPost.
Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and FOX News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates, he went on. Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.
Perhaps feeling singled out, an executive at Fox News programming issued a statement urging the DNC to reconsider.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) March 6, 2019
The network and its obsequious devotion to Trump go deeper than most think. Jane Mayer, the author of the Fox News piece in the New Yorker, detailed how Trump in 2017 ordered Gary Cohn, then director of the National Economic Council, to direct the Justice Department to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which owns CNN. The alleged attempt was seen by many as a way of punishing CNN for its objective reporting. Further, Trump has made a habit of placing Fox News hosts in cabinet-level positions, even further solidifying the inappropriate relationship he has with Fox News.