DNC BARS FOX NEWS FROM HOSTING PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES: The Democratic National Committee has barred Fox News from hosting any of its presidential primary debates out of concern that the network would not provide a "fair and neutral forum" for candidates ... “I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters,” Tom Perez, DNC chairman, said in a statement to the Washington Post. “That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including Fox News. Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates."
While some Fox News Channel opinion hosts have come under fire for ties to the Trump administration, Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum are anchors from the news division who have been praised for their handling of past debates. In 2016, Wallace moderated a presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. “We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters,” Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Sammon said in a statement.