Hill (D): ‘Basically No Democrats’ Watch Fox News, Fair for DNC to Exclude Network From Dem Debates

• March 10, 2019 11:04 am


Rep. Katie Hill (D., Calif.) said Sunday it is fair for the Democratic National Committee to deny Fox News's request to host a Democratic primary debate because "basically no Democrats" watch the network.

"As you well know, this week the DNC chair Tom Perez announced that they are not going to give any of the 12 scheduled Democratic primary debates over the next year to Fox News. What do you think of that decision?" Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked.

"I think it's the Democratic primary, and I think that we know that there are basically no Democrats who watch Fox News. So to me that's pretty fair," Hill said.

"That's not true, actually. There are a lot of Democrats that watch Fox News and a lot of independents who watch Fox News," Wallace responded.

Hill acknowledged independents watch Fox News, and she noted Wallace treated her fairly.

"Certainly independents, but mostly it's become more and more partisan, and that's unfortunate. I'm here because I do represent a purple district, and it's turning out that more and more of my clothes are purple. I don't know what's happening with that. But I think that there is not a feeling right now that there's a lack of bias and I'm hoping that we can change that," Hill said.

"I feel like you're treating me without bias and I appreciate that," Hill continued. "And I think that this is something that we have to change. I personally don't think it helps when we're saying we're not going to have any of the debates on Fox News. I don't know how much of that was driven by the candidates, how much of it was driven by the party. I would like to see all of that change. I want to see the media become as unbiased as possible. But I don't know that we are in that state right now which is really unfortunate."

Last week, the DNC announced Fox News would not host a Democratic primary debate during the 2020 election cycle. DNC chairman Tom Perez said Fox News is "not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate."

Wallace accused the DNC of having "Fox derangement syndrome" for not allowing the network to host a debate.

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