Fox News Is Using Democratic Candidates As Financial Lifeline and We’re Falling For It


Bernie Sanders was a big hit a few days ago on Fox News. He was openly cheered when he spoke about Medicare for All. Now, Amy Klobuchar is set up to follow suit and do an appearance as well. But, be not deceived. The Democrats are being had, as described here by Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters. Simply, Fox invited Sanders on in order to staunch it’s financial bleeding, nothing more.

Hosting these town halls and exploiting low regard for Fox News is a calculated effort by the network. But make no mistake: Fox News is a pro-Trump propaganda outlet, and the entire channel (not just parts of it) is steeped in bigotry, misogyny, conspiracy theories, and rank misinformation.

Advertisers recognize that this a network-wide problem, which is why Fox News is currently experiencing an advertiser crisis. Fox is struggling to meet its sales requirements for upfronts, where the channel needs to sell approximately 70% of all of its ad inventory for next year.

Fox News’ editorial decisions have driven major advertisers to flee its programming. As Fox News scrambles to avoid disaster during this key time period in which the network hopes to sell up to 70% of its ads for the year ahead, it is not the time to partner with Fox News on town halls or other events which require negotiation. Doing so will throw a critical lifeline to the network and prevent real accountability, allowing Fox News to sanitize its brand for important advertisers.

That is what Fox News is doing in a nutshell. They’re covering their ass and using Democrats to do so. We can’t afford this level of naivety. Read this Twitter thread to get the picture step by step. I hope to hell this shows up on the desk of every Democratic candidate who has declared, or is thinking about doing so, who contemplates appearing on Fox News.

We’re in the political mess that we are because television and the internet are both media designed for broad brush strokes, not in depth analysis. This is the era of the sound bite. Trump had no policies, but he could always be depended upon for an attention getting remark and news cycle dominance. That made him TV’s darling.

Fox News is Trump’s propaganda arm, no question about that. For Democrats to go over to Fox News is a terrible idea, because all it is going to do is legitimize Fox News. We can’t do that, or we are literally, throwing the gates open and welcoming the Trojan Horse with open arms.

There are no “News” and “Opinion” divisions at Fox News. It’s all entertainment, without journalistic standards. If Democrats pretend that this is not the case, and legitimize this outlet, we have no one to blame but ourselves when it all goes belly up, as it assuredly will. I call your attention to the parable of the scorpion and the tortoise. Remember how the scorpion stung the tortoise, when the tortoise was kindly taking him across the river? The moral of the story is that the scorpion and the tortoise are creatures of vastly different natures and the true character of the scorpion wins out.

We know who and what Fox News is. If Democrats choose to allow themselves to be exploited in this way, it’s going to backfire. How can we be so stupid?


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31 Comments on "Fox News Is Using Democratic Candidates As Financial Lifeline and We’re Falling For It"

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Thanks for this. I think it is a huge mistake for any Democrat to appear on fox. We can not give any legitimacy to trumps propaganda network, especially after the Barr bullshit today.

Denis Elliott
It’s an interesting thought. It’s got to be a shock to Fox viewer’s systems to see a Democrat on their air talking directly to them and worse (for Fox and the GOP) both making sense and rendering all the bullshit about them that Fox hosts have spewed over the years as the bullshit it truly is. So on that score I think it can be a good thing to appear on Fox. OTOH I sure don’t want our people bailing Fox out of it’s financial woes. Perhaps our folks should at the beginning and the end of an appearance flat… Read more »

It’s not going to convert people. The confirmation bias is too strong, and even affects people on the left. But on the right, it simply shuts out conflicting opinions and rejects them.

The twist of the embedded knife is always the final pain of a horrible attack from any source … YES, why deal with these crooks at any level, there is NEVER a good time to be playing with fire … and RIGHT now we are seeing the beginning of the end of tRump, I really believe that, with our house not happy with Barr, and the Schiff deep peek-a-boos are getting up to full steam suddenly with the poor excuse for an AG fumbling through a week or two of utter cover up for DJT, There are requests out for… Read more »

Their (Berners) response will be to smear Media Matters & David Brock like they always do because Brock was in the Hillary camp. He’s one of their favorite targets and they have slandered him repeatedly.


In too many ways, Saint Bernie is as petty as Trump.


I am just cynical enough to think that Saint Bernie got or will get a kickback from Fox to do what he did.

rory darjiit

I found the Sanders town hall to be embarrassing…granted I’m inclined to dislike his style a bit.

But I mean come on – he went on Fox so he can scream about disliking Fox, and they brought him on so they could scream about disliking him. It’s all just base demagoguery, and it’s both silly and boring…and I think more cynical, toxic politics.

And it was just all so shallow. Sanders says one-liner about M4A…cue childish girl screeching as though we were at an Imagine Dragons concert. I flipping hate the reality show era of our politics.

Lone Wolf
I am still to this day, flabbergasted at how anyone in their right mind could actually believe that a scumfucker like Trump, a serial failed businessman in everything he does (everything Trump touches dies) could and/or would support him. And if I ever see Fake News Fox Propaganda TV I’ll kick the living shit out of it, then go buy a new one. He gave legitimacy to North Korea merely by meeting with the brutal tyrant Kim, which isall he wanted but trump is too ignorant and self-absorbed to see it, Kim was NEVER seriously going to give up his… Read more »

I’m not going to fault any individual candidate who chooses to appear on Fox just for that. Debates are an entirely different discussion. No, we should never even consider allowing fox to host a debate. Thank heaven everyone seems to agree on that.