There will be no FOX News reporters/moderators at 2020 Democratic primary debates, and the network can blame its cozy relationship with Donald Trump for that the decision.
The not-so-surprising announcement from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) dropping Fox News as a host a presidential primary debate came just hours after a penetrating exposé from The New Yorker's Jane Mayer that dug into the deep ties between Fox News, Mr. Trump, and the White House.
It is a well-known fact that Sean Hannity is more of a die-hard supporter of POTUS. And many former Fox staff members are now working for Trump.
Not forgetting the reports that the late Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a close adviser of Trump, had given the then-candidate the questions ahead of the 2016 primary debate.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement that he was talking with the network about joining the debate stage, but the conversation crumbled after reading the New Yorker's article.
Mr. Perez said: “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."
He added: “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.”
Fox News, senior vice president, and Managing Editor Bill Sammon has asked Perez to reconsider his decision.
Mr. Sammon reminded Perez that his network has a group of able and qualified journalists -- Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum -- who can do the job with integrity and professionalism.
The statement said: “They’re the best debate team in the business, and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters.”
Do you support or oppose the DNC's decision not to have Fox News as a host of a presidential primary debate?