DNC rejects Fox News request to televise Democratic 2020 debates

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it does not plan to partner with Fox News for debates during the 2020 election cycle, citing new reports that the network's ties to the Trump administration have prevented it from providing unbiased coverage.

The left-leaning 'New Yorker' magazine published a baseless, anti-conservative hit-piece this week; viciously accusing Fox News and a handful of hosts of actively promoting "propaganda" for the Trump administration.

"Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates", Perez concluded.

A number of news organizations have asked the DNC to allow them to cover one of the 12 debates that are scheduled to begin in June.

NBC already has been announced to host the the first Dem debate this summer; CNN will host the second.

Perhaps feeling singled out, an executive at Fox News programming issued a statement urging the DNC to reconsider.

"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", Sammon added. Further, Trump has made a habit of placing Fox News hosts in cabinet-level positions, even further solidifying the inappropriate relationship he has with Fox News.

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Fox's connections to Trump have been documented for years.

Fox White House Correspondent John Roberts noted that the network hosted a presidential debate during the general election in 2016.

The network and its obsequious devotion to Trump go deeper than most think.

Some observers have suggested that the network has become a kind of de facto "state TV", shaping and promoting Trump's policy agency.

Moderators (Lto R) Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace are introduced at the Republican presidential debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The question was geared toward Trump's controversial treatment of women. The alleged attempt was seen as an effort to retaliate against CNN for its critical reporting on the Trump administration.

The article referenced by Perez, written by the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, alleges a system of regular communication between Trump and various Fox News personalities like Sean Hannity and other figures at the network like Pete Hegseth and Lou Dobbs, whom the president apparently regularly consults for political advice.

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