Leftist comedian criticizes Dems’ refusal to let Fox News host debates
(Washington Examiner) – HBO host Bill Maher accused Democrats of appearing “weak” as he slammed the Democratic National Committee for excluding Fox News from hosting any debates among 2020 candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“You want to be in the big leagues, but you refuse to play an away game?” the liberal comedian said on his show late Friday. “You don’t like the questions that Fox News might ask, so you’re deciding to not take any questions at all? How very Trump of you.”
“This is a fundamental problem with the Democratic Party,” said Maher. “They look weak, running from a fight when they should be in there throwing punches. Republicans never shy away from coming on this show, and they come with a smile on their face despite knowing that the only people in the crowd cheering them on are the three campaign aides they brought with them.”
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 16, 2019
In response, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said it was important for Democrats to “participate on all news networks” and said that he has appreciated the opportunities he’s had to appear on Fox News during an interview on the cable network.
“I think different views are important, that’s part of our democratic system,” Cardin said Saturday. “We believe people should debate the issues. We shouldn’t be afraid to debate the issues.”
DNC Chairman Tom Perez announced earlier this month that Fox News is “not in a position” to hold a fair debate for the candidates. In particular, he cited an article from the New Yorker outlining how the network has pushed propaganda for President Trump.
“I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters,” Perez said. “That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including Fox News. 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.”
Fox News hosted one of the 12 Democratic primary debates during the 2016 presidential election cycle and has encouraged the DNC to reconsider its decision. The 2020 Democratic candidates will go head-to-head in 12 debates starting in June.