On Tuesday morning, Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wrote a series of tweets attacking Fox News. These tweets came after Fox had invited Warren to a town hall. Warren’s first tweet wrote, “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…”
Warren’s second and third tweets criticize Fox News for being a platform for racists and conspirators, as well as profiting from it. Her second tweet stated, “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspirators—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.” Her third tweet said, “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.”
Warren then claims that Fox News is hosting town halls only to appear more friendly to advertisers. The fourth tweet Warren wrote says, “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)."
Warren’s last three tweets further explain the reason she declined the offer. Her fifth tweet states, “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.” Her sixth tweet says, “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.” Warren’s seventh tweet states, “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."
Fox News has previously held town halls for Democratic presidential candidates. Bernie Sanders appeared in a Fox News town hall back in April, and Amy Kolbuchar appeared in a town hall last Wednesday. Pete Buttigieg is also expected to appear in a Fox News town hall on May 19th.