‘Hard Pass’: Elizabeth Warren Turns Down ‘Hate-for-Profit’ Fox News Channel Town Hall

Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) took a “hard pass” at an invitation by the Fox News Channel to participate in a solo town hall, posting a fiery denunciation of the network in a tweet storm Tuesday morning. Among several slurs she wrote against the top-rated cable news network, Warren called the Fox News Channel a “hate-for-profit racket.”

This year, the Fox News Channel has hosted town halls for Democrat presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) as well as independent Howard Schultz. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is scheduled for a FNC town hall on May 19. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) is set for a June 2 town hall on FNC.

Sanders’ town hall set a record for town hall viewership this election cycle with nearly 2.6 million viewers. Schultz drew 1.9 million viewers and Klobuchar 1.6 million viewers.

 

Screen grab of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Instagram Live which shows her in her kitchen drinking a beer on New Years Eve.

I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why…

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.

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.

But Fox News is struggling as more and more advertisers pull out of their hate-filled space. 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 (spoiler: It’s not).

Here’s one place we can fight back: 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.

I’m running a campaign to reach all Americans. I take questions from the press and voters everywhere I go. I’ve already held town halls in 17 states and Puerto Rico—including WV, OH, GA, UT, TN, TX, CO, MS & AL.

I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January. 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.

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