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US Democrats Gag Fox News

It’s no secret that Fox News leans to the right. Just as CNN leans sharply to the left.

Australians have a similar schism with ABC and Sky News.

If you want the full story and the unedited views from both sides of the political spectrum, you really need access to both.

But in the US the Democratic National Committee has opted not to give voters that access.

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DNC seeking to avoid a loss

In a ramped up effort to gag the conservative media broadcaster, the DNC says it will not allow Fox News to host any of their candidates’ political debates through to the 2020 election.

According to DNC Chairman Tom Perez:

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.’

Fox representatives have said they hope the Democrats will reconsider this move, and let some of its journalists moderate a Democratic presidential debate, according to RAW.

But it seems the DNC are too afraid of putting themselves at risk of yet another loss.

Fake news as part and parcel?

True to his form, Trump has utilised his response to this decision by drawing attention to the larger issue at hand…that of the inevitability of fake news.

The US President wrote on Twitter about the DNC’s stance, saying: ‘I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!

This is likely a dig at CNN and MSNBC, news networks which Trump has lost trust in, due to their unwavering negative coverage of his presidency.

And yet, until this spit of the DNC dummy, Trump was still willing to prove his worthiness on these networks, despite their solid efforts to bring him down.

And when it comes to picking a leader, resilience is often a key part of the criteria.

Nevertheless, the DNC are choosing to opt out of ‘an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America’, says Fox News senior vice president Bill Sammon, because they can’t handle a little preconceived opinion.

Good luck finding a worthy replacement. They didn’t the last time…

Appearances sway public opinion

The DNC declined a similar offer back in the 2016 primary election, refusing to host a debate on Fox because of the network’s conservative lean.

And we all know how well that decision worked out for them.

All this means, really, is that Trump’s campaign message will ultimately reach more people. What with his consistent presence on Twitter and regular public appearances, he’s definitely a man we tend to see a lot of.

So perhaps then, the ‘seamlessly’ close ties between Trump and Fox, so The New Yorker puts it, are simply a naturally formed bond as opposed to a financially lucrative stint.

Just some food for thought.

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