Elizabeth Warren takes ‘hard pass’ on Fox News town hall, calls network ‘hate-for-profit racket’

May 14, 2019 GMT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, announced Tuesday that she’s turned down the chance to headline a Fox News town hall event, saying she has no intention of helping out a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

Ms. Warren of Massachusetts said the network has decided to showcase the Democratic presidential contenders because advertisers are running away from the network’s increasingly toxic brand.

“A Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Foxno harm to their brand or reputation (spoiler: It’s not),” Ms. Warren said on Twitter. “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 candidatesespecially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers.”


Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, another liberal champion, appeared at a Fox News town hall event last month, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Peter Buttigieg is slated to do the same over the weekend.

Ms. Warren said her strategy is built off connecting with voters across the country through other means.

“I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January,” she said. “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.”