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Jonathan Bernstein

Democrats Shouldn’t Debate on Fox News

There’s a difference between biased media and a party-aligned network. Fox is the latter.

Not so neutral.

Not so neutral.

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Tuesday’s flap was a decision by the Democratic National Committee to block Fox News from hosting debates for the party’s nomination contest. After a story in the New Yorker detailed close links between Fox and Donald Trump’s White House, the committee released a statement saying the network “is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates.”

This is a pretty simple story. But it’s important and you’re going to hear a lot of nonsense about it. So let’s get to it.