Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News.

With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant.

Fox News is the most watched cable news channel in the US. Holding a debate on Fox would undoubtedly bring a larger audience to see what the candidates have to offer.

Although I would agree that certain Fox personalities (Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity) would not be appropriate moderators for a Democratic Debate, Fox also has many hosts who, in my opinion, are completely professional and unbiased (Chris Wallace, Bret Baier).

Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on such an important and influential network? Could they not have negotiated which Fox hosts they wanted to moderate the debates?

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    In the link you provide, the DNC gave several reasons. What non-opinion-based reasons could an answer provide besides those? Jul 18, 2019 at 17:42
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    – Philipp
    Jul 19, 2019 at 8:24
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    Why do you think that personalities who are perceived to be hostile to the DNC agenda cannot be moderators? Shouldn't a selection of the national leader involve some process which would reveal how they perform under pressure and deal with adversarial questioning?
    – grovkin
    Jul 19, 2019 at 16:42

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From your link:

But, he wrote, "recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and FOX News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates."

In the minds of many progressives, this is a no-brainer move. Fox's prime time talk shows relentlessly demonize Democrats and the progressive agenda.

Of course, the countering point is that they will have to face Fox News in the general election. It might be best to see who performs best in the face of conservative criticism. Or even just the kind of sharp questioning that liberals like Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith might bring. Although, it might make more sense for them to engage in one-on-one interviews instead, as that would offer the interviewers more of a chance to shape the interview than the political debate format.

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    Chris Wallace isn't liberal. He's said that he's registered as a Democrat because it's the only way of getting anything done in Washington D.C. at the local level, and he's voted for members of both parties in the past.
    – Obie 2.0
    Jul 18, 2019 at 22:02

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