If Trump can call CNN, MSNBC, and others news outlets fake news, Elizabeth Warren Senator (D) now demonstrated she could be on the same warpath calling Fox News a Hate-for-profit Racket.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that she rejected an invitation from Fox News to participate in a town hall with the network. She denounced Fox News as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Elizabeth Warren must have fallen from the spotlight, and want more attention, as she tweeted more unsavory comments such as:
- “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.”
- “A Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Fox—no harm to their brand or reputation.”
- “Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass.”
- Warren charged that the network “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.”
How can a news firm that offered her an invite like Fox News treat her with respect and not show any underlying hostility? After Trump insulted many in the news world, the news profession responded with unethical and unsubstantiated attacks against him, making their war against him personal. However, these attacks helped Trump greatly, increasing the media spotlight on him and allowing him to drive his messages while discrediting negative reporting.
It appears Elizabeth Warren wants the spotlight and is trying the same playbook. We will see if she can pull it off. Constant media missteps and overzealous “gotcha” reporting gave Trump’s #Fakenews claims enough credibility to damage journalism’s standing with the public. Elizabeth Warren is widening the war on the media while other Democrat candidates (who have not supported any of Warren’s claims so far) are using Fox News town halls as an opportunity to widen their reach, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The Democratic National Committee banned Fox News from hosting one of its primary debates—after a New Yorker article claimed that Fox News had a “cozy relationship” with President Trump. CNN and CNBC were not cozy with Obama? There is revenue and competition at play among the media stations invovled. Presidential interviews and debates draw ratings and ad dollars.
Remember Trump refused a Republican debate in 2015 saying Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was biased against him. Sometimes, watching the political circus is more fun than the watching the WWE. We will continue to update you on how this newest political stunt affects Warren’s standing in the very crowded Democratic Primary race.