Democrats Block FOX News From Hosting Presidential Primary Debate
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez said in a statement on Wednesday that FOX News will not be permitted to host a presidential primary debate.
Citing a story this week from The New Yorker alleging close ties between FOX News and President Trump’s associates, Tom Perez barred the network from hosting the primary debate.
“Recent reporting at 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,” Perez said.
“Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates,” Perez concluded in a statement first reported by the Washington Post.
FOX News host Bret Baier called Perez’s decision “a shame.”
“We will continue to cover this 2020 race fairly & will continue to invite Democrats- Republicans & Independents on to talk about key issues & substance with our very large viewing audience,” Baier said in a tweet on Wednesday.
That’s really a shame. When it comes to fairness – our news product speaks for itself. We will continue to cover this 2020 race fairly & will continue to invite Democrats- Republicans & Independents on to talk about key issues & substance with our very large viewing audience https://t.co/z0TdftcVmz
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) March 6, 2019
The DNC will hold up to 12 debates during the primaries, including 6 this year alone.
According to The Hill, the first debates are scheduled for June on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo and CNN will be hosting the July debates.
Fox News hasn’t hosted a Democrat presidential debate in several years.
The Dem-media complex must have full control over the narrative — recall former interim Chairwoman of the DNC, Donna Brazile gave the debate questions in advance for a CNN town hall to her favored candidate, Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle.