Last week, the Democratic National Committee, citing a recent story in The New Yorker that painted the Fox network as a propaganda machine for the Republican Party and its lamentable leader, said No. It pointedly disinvited Fox from hosting any of the forthcoming Democratic primary debates.
That decision raised howls of protest from some observers. NBC’s Jonathan Allen tweeted that if Democrats boycott Fox, maybe it’s because they “don’t have good answers.” Jack Shafer of Politico wrote that “any politician who can’t hold his own against a journalist from the other team should be disqualified from running.” And CNN’s Anderson Cooper said the decision “seems shortsighted.”
But all this hand-wringing is precious, if not downright naive, because this one isn’t even close. In being banned by the DNC, Fox is getting what Fox deserves. And here, let us stipulate two things:
The first is that the DNC’s critics are right in calling the party disingenuous for tying its decision to The New Yorker piece. Though the story supplied new color and detail, it told us little we didn’t already know about Fox’s incestuous relationship with the GOP and President Donald Trump. Indeed, it’s worth noting that Fox actually hasn’t been allowed to host a Democratic debate in more than 15 years.