Tyler Pager Bloomberg Published 12:24 PM EDT May 20, 2019 Pete Buttigieg sought to extend the reach of his Democratic presidential campaign by making his argument for generational change in Washington to the audience of President Donald Trump’s favored television network. The 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana, mayor broke with some of his rivals for the party’s presidential nomination by taking part in a Fox News town hall Sunday night. He took questions from a largely friendly audience at a high school in Claremont, New Hampshire, on issues including climate change, taxes, abortion and how to handle Trump’s tweets. “There is a special value to generational change at a moment like this because we’re not just living through another election," Buttigieg said. "I believe we’re living through one of those transitions between moments in American history as consequential as the one that brought us the New Deal." He was rarely forced to stray from his … [Read more...] about Buttigieg looks to expand his reach through Fox News town hall
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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bucked many of the network’s critics by appearing at an hourlong town hall moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Monday, and the result was clarifying on a number of fronts. Here are the lessons Democrats should learn from the Sanders town hall. Sanders is getting generally high marks for his performance, and I would agree with analysts who say that overall, the net effect was positive for Bernie, politically. Particularly on the issue of health care, Sanders was effective at countering right-wing (Fox News) talking points. Democrats can learn a lot from his successes, as well as his missteps. But there are also lessons to be learned about the Fox News moderators, and how their performance relates to the separate questions of whether Democrats should appear on the network, and whether the Democratic National Committee should reconsider allowing the network to host debates. Lesson One: Bret … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned from the Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall
Minutes into Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s town hall on Fox News, anchor Bret Baier asked the 2020 presidential candidate to cut out his criticism of the network. Sanders himself has taken heat for appearing on Fox News, a move he defended as necessary to getting his message out to the broader electorate. But the Vermont senator made his qualms with Fox News clear at the town hall, leading to contentious exchanges in the opening minutes between him and his moderators, Baier and Martha MacCallum. Early on, Sanders said that Fox News “doesn’t have a great deal of respect in my world.” A few minutes later, he criticized Fox News and the media overall for its fixation on personality over policy in presidential candidates. When Sanders was finished answering, Baier paused questioning to ask Sanders to “get over” his disagreements with Fox News for the sake of the town hall. “We’re very grateful that you’re here,” Baier said. “We are … [Read more...] about Bret Baier Asks Bernie Sanders to Cut Criticism of Fox News at Town Hall: Can We ‘Get Over the Fox Thing?’
Two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, as the editorial head of Fox News online, I reviewed a draft news story that said porn actress Stormy Daniels had confirmed having an affair with Donald Trump a decade earlier. The only problem was … Stormy hadn’t said that. Daniels and her associates were playing a bizarre cat-and-mouse game with Fox News and other outlets, trying to get their story out without fingerprints and, ultimately, without enough proof to publish. We and others practiced solid journalism. Now, that’s being spun in an effort to prove the opposite. The Backstory In 2011, a gossip website called “The Dirty” published an anonymous tip alleging that Donald Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels in 2005 while Melania was pregnant with son Barron. The next day, Daniels’ lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to the site’s operator demanding that the post be removed, which it was. What’s The Dirty? It’s a … [Read more...] about I Stopped the Stormy Daniels Story at Fox News. Here’s Why.
It’s no secret that many Democratic voters are less-than-thrilled about Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ (I-VT) potential 2020 candidacy, but even one of Sanders’ own former campaign staffers is getting ” “irritated” with the speculation. On Monday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade interviewed former Bernie Sanders National Justice Director Tezlyn Figaro about a recent Iowa poll that showed Sanders in second place (at 19 percent) to former Vice President Joe Biden (at 32 percent) in a field of twenty potential Democratic presidential hopefuls. Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke placed third with 11 percent support, which caused former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod to compare O’Rourke’s situation with then-Sen. Obama’s nascent 2008 candidacy: Kilmeade asked Figaro about Axelrod’s remark, and she lit into it. “I don’t know what Axelrod is talking about, saying it’s … [Read more...] about Former Bernie Sanders Staffer Tells Fox News Senator Should Make Up His Mind About 2020 Run: ‘It’s Becoming Irritating’