In hopes of successfully rebooting her floundering presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren momentarily regained the spotlight when she took on the big, bad media: Fox News.
According to USA Today, the Massachusetts senator slapped at an invitation from Fox News to participate in a town hall event where voters could ask her questions.
“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,” she said on Twitter Tuesday. “Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down.”
She explained why: “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists — it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”
But if she was expecting praise for her decision to boycott the most-watched news network in America, liberals were not rushing to offer it. In fact, many of them blasted her for it.
According to the Washington Examiner, co-host Sunny Hostin scolded Warren on “The View” on Wednesday, saying, “I think that it’s being very dismissive of so many Americans for her not to go on Fox News.”
“Fox News was the top basic cable network in April,” she pointed out. “I think there are a lot of real journalists there like Chris Wallace, like Shep Smith, and I think that if you want to be president of the United States — for everyone — then you need to speak to everyone.”
“I kind of agree with you, Sunny,” co-host Joy Behar admitted.
“You know what,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg piped up, talking directly to the camera to address Warren.
“If you can’t face the Fox audience, you can’t face the U.S. It’s that simple.”
Joe Scarborough, the liberal co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” also blasted Warren, saying on Wednesday, “If you think that Fox News is what Elizabeth Warren said she believed it was, do you actually try to reach out to viewers that may watch Shep [Smith]? They may watch others newscasters — Chris Wallace, Brett Baier, others that do the news pretty darn straight.”
“Don’t you want to reach out to swing voters and go on Fox News?”
“But I would argue that a presidential candidate should be able to walk into any situation, walk into any fire and have the confidence and the ability to put it out by spreading the democratic values and his or her beliefs,” he added, according to Newsweek.