Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren turns down Fox News town hall, rips network

"Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists."

May 14, 2019 - 3:55 pm

Massachusetts (KFTK) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren won't be following in the footsteps of fellow 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders and appearing on a Fox News town hall.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Senator said she'd turned down an invitation to appear at a similar event, calling Fox News a "hate-for-profit racket" and refusing to help the network sell advertising.

Warren tweeted Tuesday saying, "Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why..."

The thread continues as she says: "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."

Sanders earned rave reviews for his town hall appearance last month. Other 2020 hopefuls including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar have since agreed to Fox town halls.

Click here to read more.

© 2019 KFTK (Entercom). All rights reserved.