During an interview on Fox News Monday, Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez criticized Fox News executives when he doubled-down on the Democrats’ decision to not hold debates on the network.
“I don't have faith in your leadership at Fox News, at the senior levels,” Perez said, after host Bill Hemmer asked if Perez would reconsider his decision.
Perez said that he has “great respect” for hard news journalists on the channel like Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and host Hemmer, but that he has issues with the network at the top.
“You’ve demonstrated that above your pay grade they don't trust your own listeners. And so they feel like they have to put the thumb on the scale,” Perez said to Hemmer. “They have pierced that line between editorial and your Sean Hannity shows.”
Hemmer reminded Perez that “there is a line” between the news side of the network and “what happens in prime time,” referring to opinion-driven shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity and The Ingraham Angle. And he said he really hoped Perez would reconsider, assuring him that Democrats would get a fair shake from the network. But Perez didn’t back down.
“I hope you have a good conversation with the people at the top to say, ‘don't do that,’” Perez concluded.
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