2020 Election: Elizabeth Warren turns down Fox News town hall
Elizabeth Warren turned down a Fox News invitation Tuesday for a televised town hall and denounced the cable network as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
The network has been inviting Democratic presidential candidates to participate in town halls moderated by its news reporters. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar already done the events, while Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand are scheduled to. All of them have criticized the network’s coverage of the Trump administration but defended going on the network as a means to reach voters.
Without mentioning her rivals, Warren argued that agreeing to go on the network would ultimately lend Fox News credibility and boost its revenue.
“A Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass,” she wrote in a Twitter thread . “Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet.”
A Fox News representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Anticipating criticism that she’s ducking hard questions, Warren noted that since January she’s done town halls in 17 states, had 57 media “availabilities” with reporters and done 131 interviews. After her town halls and events, Warren often takes questions from reporters for a few minutes. Her team said that they tabulated that she has taken over 1,100 questions the media since January.
Warren also participated in two CNN town halls earlier this year.
“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,” she wrote. “Hate-for-profit works only if there’s profit, so Fox News balances a mix of bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet. It’s all about dragging in ad money — big ad money.”
Fox News has long been despised by much of the left, which considers it a propagandistic partisan machine. That sentiment has only intensified since President Donald Trump won: He frequently promotes the network, has hired officials from it, and uses some of its hosts, especially Sean Hannity, as informal advisers.
The move is the latest instance of Warren staking out a position to the left of her rivals and pushing them to defend either a more moderate position or to follow her. In recent months, she has gone to the left of all or most of her rivals on impeaching Trump, forgiving student debt, breaking up big tech companies like Facebook and Amazon, and abolishing the Senate filibuster.
Other Democrats, including Sanders, have defended appearing on Fox.
“To me, it is important to distinguish ‘Fox News’ from the many millions of people who watch Fox News,” Sanders said recently. “I think it is important to talk to Trump supporters and explain to them to what degree he has betrayed the working class of this country and lied during his campaign.”
Warren has something of an ally in Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. He refused to partner with the network for DNC-sanctioned primary debates, saying he did not believe Fox should be entrusted “to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates.”
Stock market news: Opening bell, May 14, 2019 – Business Insider
Foto: Reuters/Regis Duvignau Workers install the red carpet in front of the main entrance of the Festival Palace before the opening ceremony. Here is what you need to know. China’s state media calls the trade war with the US a ‘people’s war.’ “The trade war in the US is the creation of one person and one administration, but it affects that country’s entire population in China, the entire country and all its people are being threatened,” the nationalistic Global Times wrote in a Chinese-language editorial carried by Xinhua News Agency. “For us, this is a real ‘people’s war.’” Trump says he is planning to meet with Xi Jinping . “We’re going to be meeting, as you know, at the G20 in Japan and that’ll be, I think, probably a very fruitful meeting,” President Donald Trump said at the White House on Monday, according to Reuters. Here are the US goods that’d get hit hardest by China’s new tariffs . China on Monday announced plans to raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods on June 1. Here’s a list of the goods that’d get hit the hardest. Bitcoin reclaims $8,000 . The cryptocurrency was trading up 2.5% near $8,007 a coin on Tuesday morning. Uber’s stock-market woes continued Monday . Shares of the ride-hailing company tanked 10.9% to $37.10 apiece on Monday, finishing 17.5% below their initial-public-offering price of $45 a share. Walmart offers free one-day shipping . The next-day service, which applies to orders costing at least $35, is expected to be rolled out in Phoenix and Las Vegas on Tuesday. The head of SoftBank’s Vision Fund makes bold predictions about how the world will look in 10 years . “The disruptors will be disrupted in the next five or 10 years,” Rajeev Misra, the CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers, said at the Milken Institute Global Conference. “I believe that a lot of what we take for granted today – like the smartphone, which didn’t exist 12 years ago – will change dramatically.” US markets are pointing to a higher open . Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (-1.5%) led the losses in Asia, and Britain’s FTSE (+0.84%) is out front in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open higher by 0.5% near 2,827. Earnings reporting picks back up . Ralph Lauren reports ahead of the opening bell, while Aurora Cannabis and Tilray release their quarterly results after markets close. US economic data is light . Import and export prices will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is little changed near 2.41%.
Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84 | CBC News
Stanton Friedman, the famed UFO researcher based in Fredericton, has died.
Friedman was returning from a speaking engagement in Columbus, Ohio, when he died suddenly at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Monday night, according to his family.
He was 84.
A nuclear physicist by training, Friedman had devoted his life to researching and investigating UFOs since the late 1960s.
He was credited with bringing the 1947 Roswell Incident — the famous incident that gave rise to theories about UFOs and a U.S. military coverup — back into the mainstream conversation.
Canadian has devoted life to proving existence of alien life Friedman “officially” retired last year but still booked speaking engagements “because he loved talking about UFOs,” said his daughter, Melissa Friedman, who works for CBC News.
“Dad was curious about anything he didn’t know about. He was always asking questions about how things worked.
Stanton Friedman, second from right, posing for a photo with his wife Marilyn, far right, his daughter Melissa Friedman and her husband David Parsons. (Submitted/Melissa Friedman) “I think it’s rare for someone to stay so engaged and curious and open-minded for a life that’s that long.”
She remembered her father as encouraging, proud and caring and said she was fortunate to have one last visit a week ago in Nova Scotia.
‘He did his homework’ Friedman was an accomplished writer, publishing dozens of papers about UFOs and writing or co-writing several books. Three of those books were written in tandem with Kathleen Marden.
“He will be greatly missed,” Marden, a UFO researcher, said in an interview from Florida.
Stanton Friedman, a leading authority on UFOs, is pictured taking part in a parade in McMinnville, Ore., in 2013. (CBC) His qualifications, intelligence and diligence made him irreplaceable in the research field, she said.
“He did his homework,” Marden said.
“He went further than most researchers in that he did on-site investigations. He went to actual physical archives to do his research. He was an outstanding researcher, highly intelligent and had a great sense of humour.”
He was also a familiar face in documentaries, radio and television, including multiple appearances on Larry King Live , and lectured about UFOs for hundreds of colleges and professional groups across the United States, Canada and many other countries.
Friedman was also inducted into the UFO Hall of Fame in Roswell, N.M.
Stanton Friedman is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn. (Submitted/Melissa Friedman) Marden said he remained firm in his conviction that aliens exist and have visited our planet because he had “more than ample evidence.”
“He doubted everything until he had the evidence,” she said. “He was skeptical himself.
“Once he had the evidence and it was not just speculation — it was confirmatory evidence — he went with it.”
‘Trying to lift the laughter curtain’ In a 2011 interview with CBC News, Friedman said most people agree with him once they hear the evidence.
“Despite the false claims of a small group of nasty, noisy negativists, most people accept ET reality even though they think most others don’t,” he said.
“I check my audiences and find at the end of my lecture that about 10 per cent of the attendees have had a sighting. But 90 per cent didn’t report it because of a fear of ridicule.
“I am trying to lift the laughter curtain.”
UFOlogist getting hometown honour for alien pursuits His work was celebrated in New Brunswick, and the City of Fredericton declared Aug. 27, 2007, Stanton Friedman Day.
Friedman, who was born in New Jersey and had dual citizenship, lived in Fredericton with his wife of 44 years, Marilyn, mother to Melissa Friedman. He also had three children from a previous marriage.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
Fox News Host Ainsley Earhardt Claims Democrats Support Infanticide
Newsweek reports :
Fox News’ Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt on Monday falsely claimed once again that Democrats said it is OK to “kill the baby after the baby is born,” an idea pegged to infanticide.
Appearing on Monday’s edition of Fox and Friends Earhardt made the ludicrous and absurd claim that Democrats believe it is OK to kill babies after they are born.
Earhardt made the false and inflammatory claim during an interview with Georgia Senator David Perdue.
In the interview with Senator Perdue concerning the new law in Georgia making abortion a crime punishable by death or life in prison , the clueless Fox News host said:
It backfired on those Democrats when they all said you can have an abortion even after the baby’s born, or kill the baby after it’s born. Ainsley Earhardt says “it backfired on those Democrats when they all said you can have an abortion even after the baby’s born, or kill the baby after it’s born,” and Sen. David Perdue replies, “this regime on their side has gotten so radical that they think that’s OK.” All lies. pic.twitter.com/ceKBi4g2Rv
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 13, 2019
Earhardt’s dishonest claim is currently common in conservative Christian circles, and stems from an interview with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (a medical doctor himself) describing the medical procedure for delivering a non-viable infant. Dishonest conservatives have been distorting Northam’s remarks concerning infant palliative care in an attempt to make the claim that Democrats support infanticide. And Earhardt is not alone in making such dishonest claims.
Earlier this month Vice President Mike Pence made the outrageous and false claim that some Democratic governors are advocating for “late term abortion and even infanticide.”
Pence made his incendiary and false claim on Twitter: As Democrat Governors in NY & VA advocate for late term abortion & even infanticide –& Democrats in Congress refuse to allow a vote on the Born-Alive bill – TODAY in Times Square an ultrasound will be shown for all to see, demonstrating the miracle of life. #AliveFromNewYork
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 4, 2019
As Democrat Governors in NY & VA advocate for late term abortion & even infanticide – & Democrats in Congress refuse to allow a vote on the Born-Alive bill – TODAY in Times Square an ultrasound will be shown for all to see, demonstrating the miracle of life. #AliveFromNewYork It is not the first time that Pence has made the despicable and patently false claim that Democrats want to murder or execute infants. Last month, speaking at the 46th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Pence said :
With Democrats standing for late-term abortion and infanticide and a culture of death, I promise you this president, this party and this movement will always stand for the unborn. We will always defend the unalienable right to life.
Pence is not alone in making the false claim that Democrats support infanticide. Previously President Trump claimed that mothers and doctors sometimes “execute” new born babies. Speaking at a political rally in Wisconsin, Trump declared :
The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully. And then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.
Previously Trump has claimed :
The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth…
The false claim that Democrats are advocating for infanticide is a despicable lie often spread by dishonest, forced-birth, anti-abortion extremists like Earhardt, Pence, and Trump; even though The New York Times , CNN , PolitiFact , and other reputable news outlets all agree that such claims are inflammatory and false.
More important, such claims are nothing less than an incitement to violence, and constitute a clear case of stochastic terrorism – “the use of mass public communication, usually against a particular individual or group, which incites or inspires acts of terrorism…”
Indeed the false claim that Democrats support infanticide, and that doctors are actually executing babies, is an incitement to violence and an act of stochastic terrorism that puts health care workers at risk and virtually guarantees future violence against abortion providers and others.
Bottom line: Fox News Host Ainsley Earhardt makes the false claim that Democrats support infanticide. Dishonest Fox News Host Ainsley Earhardt Claims Democrats Support Infanticide(Image via Twitter)
Elizabeth Warren turns down Fox News town hall, calls network a ‘hate for profit racket’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Tuesday she had turned down the chance to appear on a Fox News town hall, lambasting the network as “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.” Doing a Fox town hall would help legitimize the network to advertisers and help them make a profit, the 2020 contender added.
“Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down — here’s 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 & death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class,” Warren said.
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…
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019 Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee announced it was boycotting Fox News as a potential primary debate partner. But since that announcement, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participated in a Fox News town hall to positive reviews. And other presidential candidates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, have since agreed to town halls on the network.
Sanders’ Fox News town hall earned the highest ratings of any candidate town hall this cycle.
Elizabeth Warren: We need to impeach Trump now May 8, 2019 10:26 “Hate-for-profit works only if there’s profit, so Fox News balances a mix of bigotry, racism and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet,” Warren continued. “It’s all about dragging in ad money — big ad money. But Fox News is struggling as more & more advertisers pull out of their hate-filled space. A Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Fox — no harm to their brand or reputation (spoiler: it’s not).”
Warren added that she “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.”
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
“Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet,” Warren wrote. “But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass.”
Later Tuesday, former Rep. John Delaney, himself a 2020 Democratic candidate, tweeted that he would gladly take the spot Fox News offered Warren.
“If you’re not using your town hall, I will,” he wrote . “Democratic candidates have to campaign everywhere and talk to all voters.”
Ali Vitali Ali Vitali is a political reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.
Allan Smith Allan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News.