Ex-Obama Adviser Slams Elizabeth Warren for Spurning Fox While Buying Ads on Facebook ‘Which She Wants to Break Up’
Former Obama senior adviser Jim Messina took a logical walk when he suggested Elizabeth Warren is hypocritical for refusing to appear on Fox News, while at the same time purchasing ads on Facebook after saying she’d like to see the company broken up.
The outpouring of praise for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg‘s Fox News town hall continued Monday, as MSNBC Live host Hallie Jackson convened Messina and GOP strategist Rick Wilson to wax enthusiastic about the Chris Wallace-moderated forum.
Wilson repeatedly boasted that Fox News “reaches 90 million homes,” which seems to be a better argument for Democrats go do town halls on QVC (which “reaches” 100 million homes) than anything else, while Messina took on Warren’s announcement that she will not appear on Fox News with something approaching originality.
Jackson noted that “Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have said no” to a Fox town hall, and asked Messina “if you were working for either of those two women, would you tell them to reconsider?”
“I would, and I think Elizabeth Warren pointed out, she’s like, ‘I don’t want to give ad revenue to a network I disagree with,'” Messina said, which is not what Warren said. Warren’s objection to providing Fox News with revenue-generating opportunities was explicitly because the network is an “outlet that profits from racism and hate,” as she described it, and not simply because she “disagrees” with it.
“But, you know, she’s out there spending millions of dollars on Facebook, which she wants to break up,” Messina continued. “That logic doesn’t make sense to me.”
Agree with it or not, Warren’s proposal to break up tech companies like Facebook has to do with anti-competitive practices, not racism or the ability to sell ads.
“I think you’ve got to go where the voters are, and stop playing games and start talking to people,” Messina continued. “I understand the DNC’s decision not to have a debate there, I think that’s a little bit different. But for these candidates, we’ve got to go make our case to the American people, and if that includes being on Fox News, then we’ve got to do it.”
Bernie Sanders’ Fox News town hall, the highest-rated so far, attracted 2.6 million viewers, about the same number of people who follow Elizabeth Warren on Twitter.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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