Democrats accuse network of questionable relationship with president
2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke has voiced his concern that the Trump administration has “free reign, almost” of Fox News, he told a crowd at his rally in San Fransisco Sunday.
“You have members of the organization moving into the White House, you have a White House with free reign, almost, over what is broadcast over one of the most widely watched cable networks in the country today,” O’Rourke said, Reuters reported.
But Democrats accusing Fox News of propaganda is nothing new, as earlier this month, Bernie Sanders claimed the network was pushing propaganda for the Trump administration during an interview with The Huffington Post.
When asked by Amanda Terkel if he viewed the network as a propaganda outlet, Sanders responded, “In most respects, I think it is.”
“I think they have some people you could describe as real journalists but, obviously, most of that, I think is — most of the station is right-wing propaganda.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez recently announced that he would not be asking Fox News to host any Democratic presidential debates, simply because of their supposed relationship with Trump.
In a statement, Perez said Fox is “not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate.”
According to The Daily Caller: Fox News continues to dominate the cable landscape.
During the week of April 8-12, Fox News bettered CNN and MSNBC combined, with a total viewership of 2,438,000. CNN, by comparison, attracted an average audience of 690,000 viewers with only 180,000 in the significant 25-54 age category.
Trump has often granted exclusive interviews with “Fox & Friends” and communicates regularly with evening host Sean Hannity.
Former Fox News executive Bill Shine joined the White House as a communications advisor and has indicated he will join the president’s re-election campaign, Reuters noted.
Without citing any evidence, O’Rourke also accused Trump of inviting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded after an exhaustive 22-month investigation that the Trump campaign had not colluded with Russia.
“I don’t know if collusion is a term of art in the law, but he certainly invited their participation,” O’Rourke said.