Presidential candidate and current United States Senator Elizabeth Warren recently declared “war” on Fox News, a move which many on the left are applauding.
In a series of social media posts, Warren snubbed Fox News’ invitation to appear on a town hall-style program. This move promoted many glowing headlines from left-leaning media organizations, such as the New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post.
When a politician is running for president, one would assume they would take any opportunity for publicity. However, Warren wanted nothing to do with Fox News. The Massachusetts lawmaker blasted the right-leaning network, which recently hosted town halls for Democratic rivals such as Senator Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass,” Warren said.
The senator went on to attack specific Fox News host, including Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.
“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists — it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class,” she said.
Media outlets are always trying to get politicians to appear on their shows, promoting ratings and encouraging discussion and interesting engagement. This in and of itself is not odd. However, what is notable is how the “declaration of war” made by Warren was received vastly different by CNN and the New York Times — the same organizations who harshly criticized and reacted with blatant indignation when President Trump criticized CNN and the New York Times. They even went as far as claiming the President “posed a threat to the press and put lives of journalists in danger with his remarks.” Conversely, they are applauding the actions and remarks by Warren aimed against a different news outlet.
After Trump declared the CNN and the New York Times to be “fake news” and denounced specific journalists, CNN put out the following statement:
“Donald Trump just issued a direct threat to the free and independent media.”
The New York Times said Trump’s comments “have added up to a rough few days for the freedom of the press, a once-sacrosanct American notion that has been under sustained assault since Mr. Trump made fiery denunciations of journalists—and the rallying cry ‘Fake news!’ – into hallmarks of his campaign and presidency.”
The Washington Post always weighed in on President Trump’s comments saying the following:
“Journalists and commentators have tried to persuade Trump to take two things seriously in his role as president. First, the role of the free press is to hold the powerful to account. And second, that President Trump’s attacks on the news media have dangerous consequences, both at home and around the world.”
Politico said, “Fox News has long been despised by much of the left, which considers it a propagandistic partisan machine.”
The way the media reacted to President Trump’s criticisms of the press and the way they reacted to Warren’s negative comments about Fox News are vastly different. Notice that, in Warren’s case, Fox News, is criticized even more. In President Trump’s case, the media jumped in and criticized the president without even acknowledging the validity of his message.
Of course, the media has long been accused of being biased towards the liberal agenda. This has been proven true time and time again, with this most recent incident being the latest evidence. The different reactions from the media as it relates to two different types of comments, one coming from the right politically, one from the left, blatantly show the biased and hypocrisy of the media.