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The DNC announced they will not hold presidential primary debates on Fox news. Do you usually watch both party primary debates?

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The Democratic National Committee decided to refrain from allowing Fox News to host one of the party’s presidential debates this summer after a report from The New Yorker chronicled what is viewed as an “inappropriate relationship” between President Trump and Fox News.

DNC Chair Tom Perez wrote, “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. Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”

And after the article was published, DNC staffer Adam Parkhomenko tweeted that “the DNC should not be doing any debates on Trump’s state media channel.”

Depending on who you are, this can either come as a shock or a no-brainer. It’s no secret that Fox leans heavily toward the conservative right and has made a habit of persistently attacking the progressive left and their agenda. Some believe they are a right-wing propaganda machine, which is why many from the left feel it’s the right decision.

However, if you regularly tune into Fox and agree with their points, your takeaway can be different. You may feel that the Democrats should not be scared to be moderated by those on the opposite spectrum.

And not everyone from the Democratic Party is a fan of the decision.

“Well, with all due respect to the (Democratic National Committee), no, I don’t think it was the right decision,” Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes told CNN.

“You know, look, it’s no surprise to anybody, including Fox News watchers, that Fox is largely an instrument of the right wing – of the Republican Party. It’s a propaganda arm for the White House,” Himes continued, adding that he makes appearances on the network because he believes if you put Democratic ideas “against whatever the nonsense is on the other side,” Democrats “will have the appealing ideas.”

“As they say, ‘You don’t need to persuade your friends, you need to persuade people who disagree with you.’ So, I would’ve made a different decision,” Himes added.

The debate ground does serve as a platform for this because it is the first time many people will be introduced to you or learn about your policies. It’s your chance to gain voters or to further elaborate on your points and win over those who initially would have gone against you.

However, if the DNC believes that a problem would arise with a Fox moderating team, they do have the right- correct or incorrect- to make such a choice. But, the network’s Washington senior vice president and managing editor Bill Sammon hopes the verdict will be reversed.

“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,” he said. “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.”

The first debate will take place in June and will be televised on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo, while the second debate will air on CNN in July. Read more about this story on CNN.

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