Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren proudly announced Tuesday she turned down participating in a Fox News Town Hall calling the channel a “hate for profit racket,” but Warren did not turn down Fox because she was bold but because she is scared.
“I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why,” Warren said in one Tweet.
Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracy theorists. I won’t ask Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates. Sign up now to join me and take a stand.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
“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 candidates — especially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers,” Warren later tweeted, noting that reporters from Fox would be allowed to cover her on the campaign trail.
Fox News has already hosted town hall events with Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Additionally, the channel announced further townhalls with other White House Democratic candidates including South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Reporters walk away feeling disappointed when Warren’s communication’s staffers shoo them away…
The fact is, unlike most of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, Warren routinely avoids ALL cap hill reporters. There is a small group of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who rarely if ever speak to reporters in the hallways of Congress and Warren is one of them.
One long-time Senate reporter has dubbed the group the “chicken sh** caucus.”
Following her win against Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in 2014, she opted not to use her time as a U.S. Senator to get better at the usual give and take with reporters on the hill.
New reporters to Capitol Hill have walked up to Warren in the past naively believing she will be willing to give a quote or two about some innocuous question about something relatively banal—like a procedural vote on another continuing resolution.
Those reporters walk away feeling disappointed when Warren’s communication’s staffers shoo them away.
Warren does, however, speak to specific cable television hosts on MSNBC like Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes who she knows will give her a friendly interview.
Like Hillary Clinton, who also avoided capitol hill reporters during her time as a New York senator, Warren often obfuscates and avoids answering tough questions in uncontrolled environments.
In 2017, radio host Jeff Kuhner attempted to get her response about being part of the 1 percent while railing against the 1 percent.
THE PICKET LINE:
Eventually, should Warren be eligible, she may make it to the debate stage among the rest of the Democratic presidential hopefuls. At that point, it will be a no holds bar contest of who is quick on their feet and who is not. Warren may regret she never took the time to take the tough questions and learn how to take the heat before she takes the stage.