‘We have a long track record of being tough but fair to Republicans, Democrats, independents, whomever…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Fox News anchor Bret Baier slammed the Democratic National Committee for “Fox derangement syndrome” after it announced that Fox News would not be allowed to host the Democratic presidential primary debates.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez announced last week that the organization didn’t want Fox News to host any of the primary debates because of an alleged “inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration, and Fox News.”
“There is a disconnect here,” Baier said. “There is a bit of Fox derangement syndrome with a section of the left.”
Baier referenced a term President Trump uses to describe the radical leftists who oppose his administration — “Trump derangement syndrome.”
The DNC’s crusade against Fox News is similar to the hysterical opposition to Trump because it isn’t rational, he said, considering the network is consistently the most-watched on cable television.
“There are a lot of candidates and a lot of people in the Democratic Party who realize the power of the viewership and the power of the fairness of the news operation,” he continued. “But often they are drowned out by the loud voices on the left side of the party.”
Perez said the decision was influenced in part by a report from the left-wing New Yorker magazine that alleged the network refused to run a story about Trump’s affair with porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
But Baier said the decision was due to the DNC’s inability to support other viewpoints.
Fox News tends to be more vocally supportive of the president, Baier said, but that doesn’t mean the reporting is any less accurate and fair.
“We have a long track record of being tough but fair to Republicans, Democrats, independents, whomever,” he said, noting a presidential townhall he hosted in 2016 that featured Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
“This has been happening since I’ve been here — 22 years — defending Fox. It’s two sides. There’s the news side and the opinion side,” he continued. “And the loudest critics of Fox are often the people who don’t watch. And I say watch my show.”