While this show of defiance is not new - the DNC made the same choice in 2016, claiming Fox's conservative bias would prevent them from getting a fair shake - the New Yorker report goes one step further, claiming Fox is "the closest we've come to having state TV", quoting an "expert on presidential studies"...whatever that is.
"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", Fox News Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon said in a statement. According to Mayer's article, Trump in 2017 ordered Gary Cohn, then director of the National Economic Council, to direct the Justice Department to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, which owns CNN.
The debates proved to be highly lucrative in 2016. "Trump does watch an bad lot of Fox News and is influenced by it and can you tell from his Twitter feed".
Bill Sammon, the senior vice president at Fox News, said in a statement he hoped the DNC would re-evaluate the decision, while pointing out that any debate would be hosted by some of the network's more well respected anchors.
The debates typically draw large audiences - the first Republican debate in August 2015 attracted a record 24 million viewers - and are a vehicle for promoting the networks' news programs.
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"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 Post.
FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. There are 12 Democratic primary debates now scheduled and set to begin in June.
"That's a typical shot by the president", Kurtz observed, before noting it is not "helpful to this company at a time when critics say there is a cozy relationship between Fox and the president".
Fox news execs said the Stormy Daniels report was not ready to publish.
Trump weighed in on Wednesday evening, sarcastically praising the Democrats' decision.