DNC Says It Will Not Let Fox News Host Democratic Primary Debate

By Bill Galluccio

March 6, 2019

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced that they will not allow Fox News to host a debate during the lead-up to the 2020 primary election. DNC president Tom Perez issued a statement saying that he was in discussions with Fox News about hosting a debate but had a change of heart after reading a New Yorker article that detailed some of the close ties that Fox News has with the Trump administration.

“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,” Perez said in the statement.

Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Sammon issued a statement asking the DNC to reconsider their decision saying that the network's hosts "embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism."

“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.”

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