The Democratic National Committee announced it would not permit the Fox News Channel to host any of its 2020 primary debates, citing that the network would not be able to host a “fair and neutral” debate.
“I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters,” Perez said in a statement to The Washington Post that cited a critical article on Fox News and Trump in The New Yorker. “That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including Fox News. 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.”
Fox News senior vice president Bill Sammon issued a statement appealing for the DNC to reconsider its decision.
“We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. 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.”
Trump weighed in on the issue in a tweet.
Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate. Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2019
Former Obama deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco disagreed with the DNC’s decision during an appearance on MSNBC.
“I don’t understand the strategy behind thinking that we’re going to expand our base into the Fox News audience when we really need to unite our own party. Now it is just this unnecessary controversy…it’s silly.”