Democrats say no to Fox News hosting a primary debate

Democrats say no to Fox News hosting a primary debate

Perez's decision is based on reporting in the New Yorker that alleges Fox News has become a propaganda outlet for the Trump administration and no longer operates as a news outlet.

It may just be me, but it seems an very bad lot like the DNC would have jumped at any opportunity not to partner with Fox.

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".

Even before the article, some Democratic activists were complaining about the committee's consideration of Fox as a potential broadcast partner.

A number of news organizations have asked the DNC to allow them to cover one of the 12 debates that are scheduled to begin in June. The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that it will not allow Fox News to host a 2020 primary debate amid reports of the network's cozy relationship with Donald Trump.

Representatives for Fox said they hoped the DNC would reconsider their decision and let some of its journalists moderate a presidential debate for the political party.

The ties between Trump and Fox News are deep and well-known publicly. The debates typically draw large audiences - the first Republican debate in August 2015 attracted a record 24 million viewers - and are a vehicle for promoting the networks' news programs. Overall, more than a dozen current and former administration appointees have previously worked at Fox, including John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser. Fox News' former co-president, Bill Shine, is now the deputy chief of staff for communications at the White House. Trump has been interviewed many times on the network and has promoted various Fox talking points and personalities on Twitter.

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer added new details about the relationship in her 11,000-word article published this week.

Mayer also describes how Fox News killed a story just weeks before the 2016 election about Trump's alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, as first reported by CNN in January 2018.

Among other things, she reported that Roger Ailes, the network's late chief executive, may have informed the Trump campaign about a question involving Trump's treatment of women that former Fox News host Megyn Kelly meant to ask at the first Republican debate in 2015.

President Trump responded to the New Yorker report in a series of tweets on Monday night, in which he quoted Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.

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