What is going on, Fox News?
The network has made yet another controversial decision this week. Just days after suspending popular host Jeanine Pirro for her comments regarding Rep. Illhan Omar, Fox News has hired Democrat and former DNC Chair Donna Brazile.
This is the same woman who unapologetically leaked debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance (which got her fired from her old job at CNN) and wrote a tell-all book in which she implied that the 2016 DNC primarily was rigged against Bernie Sanders for Clinton.
Many people are confused as to the rational behind Fox News’ recent decisions.
Perhaps they are doing this in response to current DNC Perez’s announcement that Democratic candidates would not be holding debates for 2020 on their network?
One can only speculate.
Take a look at the story:
The New York Times had the following to say on the story:
Not long ago, Donna Brazile was the interim chairwoman of the Democratic Party and a strident critic of Fox News, accusing the network of bias and hyperbole.
On Monday, Ms. Brazile announced that she had accepted a new job: on-air commentator on Fox News.
Cue the record scratch.
A deep-blue Democrat who managed Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, Ms. Brazile has confounded expectations by taking a role at President Trump’s favorite cable news channel.
“This is an opportunity to reach across the political aisle,” she told viewers during her debut appearance on Monday. Her interviewer, the host Dana Perino, called it “a bold move for you and for Fox.”
It was also another step in Ms. Brazile’s gradual drift away from the Democratic establishment.
Ms. Brazile became interim chairwoman of the party in July 2016. Days before Mr. Trump’s election in November, emails obtained by WikiLeaks revealed that Ms. Brazile, who worked for CNN at the time, had leaked debate questions in advance to her allies on Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff. CNN promptly fired her.
The Los Angeles Times has more:
Brazile’s arrival comes a week after Fox News made a case to advertisers that its audience, which is the largest among all cable networks, goes beyond Republican voters and Trump supporters.
The high profile of Fox News conservative commentators such as Sean Hannity — who advises Trump — tends to overshadow the network’s journalism.
Conservative prime-time hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham are having trouble retaining sponsors because of their provocative statements.
Fox News recently suspended Saturday host Jeanine Pirro following remarks she made on her program regarding the hijab worn by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Muslim congresswoman under fire for comments she made about U.S. support of Israel. Several sponsors said they have suspended their advertising on Pirro’s program “Justice With Judge Jeanine.”
Fox News’ close ties with the Trump administration also have brought tough scrutiny, including a recent piece by Jane Mayer in the New Yorkerthat quoted Republican critics and others describing the network as a propaganda tool of the White House.
According to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment, Brazile’s hiring has been in the works for some time. Brazile said in a statement that she is taking on the role at a network that has been demonized by the Democratic Party because she wants to promote more civil discourse in the politically polarized landscape.
Brazile said in a statement that she is taking on the role at a network that has been demonized by the Democratic Party because she wants to promote more civil discourse in the politically polarized landscape.
“I know I'm going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News,” Brazile said. “My response is that, if we've learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can't have a country where we don't talk to those who disagree with our political views. There's an audience on Fox News that doesn't hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our 'safe spaces' where we simply agree with each other.”
In Brazile's own piece on Fox News, she made the following comments regarding her decision to take the job:
My decision to serve as a commentator for Fox News is rooted in the belief that you cannot make progress, let alone reach compromise, without first listening to, and understanding those who disagree with you on critical issues.
Will I agree with my fellow commentators at Fox News? Probably not. But I will listen.
Will I question them if they make assertions about hard-working Americans, low-income people and issues like climate change that I disagree with? Absolutely. But I will do so with civility and respect. I will also freely admit the weaknesses in liberal arguments and the strength in conservative positions. And I welcome the opportunity to challenge many of the false assumptions about progressives, especially those newly elected to Congress.
To leave the world a better place, you need to help make the world a better place. Just as it takes many ingredients to make a good gumbo, it will require listening to many voices before we are able to move forward as one people. And that’s exactly why I am so excited to join the honest and passionate debate at Fox News about our future. I invite you to join me.
That sounds great and all, but we have to stand in solidarity with James Woods, who tweeted out in response the following: