Accuracy in Media

While the Democratic Party snubbed Fox News from holding an official primary debate and Democratic presidential candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have hurled insults at Fox News, “More than 60 percent of Democrats said they think it’s acceptable for candidates from their party to appear at the town halls, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found.

“Just 17 percent of Democrats said it’s inappropriate for the White House hopefuls to agree to the primetime events.”

Four liberal 2020 candidates have agreed to appear in a Fox News town hall: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

“The [polling] results could reassure 2020 Democratic hopefuls who want to use Fox News appearances to reach out to conservative-leaning voters,” Politico’s Michael Calderone and Daniel Lippman reported. “‘Democratic presidential hopefuls who hold Fox News town halls can expect their primary voters to approve of the forums on the hot-button network,’ said Morning Consult vice president Tyler Sinclair. ‘Notably, 64 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of self-identified liberals say it’s appropriate for 2020 candidates to appear on Fox News town hall programs, compared with 17 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of liberals who say it’s inappropriate.’”

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