Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren
Democratic 2020 presidential contender Elizabeth Warren has caused a sensation by attacking one of America's most powerful media outlets, Fox News.
The right-wing broadcaster is known for its close relationship with President Trump, who watches its breakfast show Fox and Friends religiously every morning, retweets favourable coverage of his administration on Twitter all day long and speaks to anchors Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs by phone from the White House most evenings.
In addition, many ex-Fox employees now work for the Trump administration while several former West Wing staffers have gone the other way and now find themselves working in television. Among the most prominent of these is Bill Shine, former co-president of Fox News and now The Donald's director of communications and deputy chief of staff.
But now Warren has had enough, turning down an invitation to a Fox town hall event and blasting the Rupert Murdoch-owned network as "a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists".
Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us a… https://t.co/qXITYlhwEs
Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra used the controversy to turn in a Trumpian attack on CNN and its journalist Brian Stelter over their "hypocrisy" in attacking the president's anti-press rhetoric but applause for Warren.
Elizabeth Warren has a lot of vulnerabilities as a candidate and she knows that she will be exposed if she particip… https://t.co/tX5g97HDj7
Ultimately though, the candidate deserves a lot of credit for turning down such a high-profile opportunity to promote her campaign and win new admirers, even if her chances of converting the die-hard Trumpsters who watch Fox News were minimal in the first place.
Perhaps this meme sums it all up better than any other.