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Elizabeth Warren boycotts Fox News, calls network ‘hate-for-profit’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked her supporters on Tuesday to sign a petition boycotting Fox News, which the Massachusetts Democrat called “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracy theorists.”

Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate, said she rejected the the right-leaning network’s invitation to do a town hall, arguing that Democratic voters shouldn’t be asked to watch — and implicitly support — a network that critics accuse of acting as “state TV” for the Trump administration.

“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracy theorists,” Warren tweeted. “I won’t ask Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates.”

Warren’s campaign argued that “a Democratic town hall gives the Fox News sales team a way to tell potential sponsors it’s safe to buy ads on Fox — no harm to their brand or reputation.”

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Other prominent Democrats, including those representing the left flank of the party like Sen. Bernie Sanders, are taking a different approach to Fox.

Sanders, a fellow 2020 candidate, did a town hall on Fox last month, which became the most-watched town hall of the 2020 cycle thus far. But Sanders was critical of Fox throughout the live event, pushing back on some of the hosts’ questions.

A Fox spokesperson did not respond immediately to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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