DNC Chairman Tom Perez announced that Fox News would be banned from hosting any of the 2020 Democratic primary debates.
Democrats Won’t Appear On Trump’s Propaganda Channel
In a statement, Perez said, “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. 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. Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”
Tom Perez hit on a very important point. Fox News is a small niche that does not represent America. The roughly 2-3 million who watch Fox News each day represent less than 1% of the United States population. Fox has been given an outsized influence through their masterful complaining about “mainstream media bias.”
With the rise of Donald Trump, Fox News has changed. They have moved from a conservative news network to pro-Trump propaganda.
Democrats would be wasting their time and energy on Fox News
The Democratic Party has decided that they would rather talk to the entire country than waste their time and energy on the Trump cult. The first debate will be hosted by MSNBC which has a big audience for cable news but is also small compared to the overall population.
When Perez talked about reaching all voters what he likely meant by that is that the debates will try to reach the biggest audience possible, which means that you should expect to debates on network TV and perhaps even with large digital and online partners.
Democrats will not be playing in Fox’s Trump propaganda dog and pony show in 2020.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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