The big news today is who Fox News is hiring as opposed to who they are firing. Both are of interest. It should be noted that this last week Judge Jeanine Pirro was suspended from the Network for daring to say that Ilhan Omar was more observant of Sharia law than the Constitution. The president himself has lobbied for her return but so far, it’s a no-go. Fox News did, however, hire former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Donna Brazile this morning as a contributor.
You remember Brazile. She was the one who was working at CNN during the debates in the last presidential election and leaked the questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of time. CNN forced her to resign over it (re: she was fired). Looks like that is water under the bridge and does not bother Fox News at all. How their viewership will feel about it is another matter entirely.
“Brazile officially resigned from CNN on October 14, three days following a WikiLeaks email drop in which she appeared to have obtained some questions in advance of a town hall event and passed them along to the Clinton campaign. “From time to time I get the questions in advance,” wrote Brazile.
“Brazile vigorously denied leaking questions, contending that, “as a longtime political activist,” she conveyed her views “with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue.”
“In another WikiLeaks release, emails indicated that Brazile had given a question to the Clinton camp, writing, “I’ll send a few more.”
“Brazile ultimately admitted to leaking the questions in a March 2017 essay for Time magazine. “My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen,” she wrote. “But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”’
So it doesn't matter that @donnabrazile cheated in a presidential debate and then lied about it on FOX?
Is there no other Democrat available? https://t.co/NWu4lgm6ly
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) March 18, 2019
In a statement, Fox said, “Brazile, a veteran Democratic strategist, will offer political analysis across both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network’s daytime and primetime programming.”
“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on FOX News,” Brazile stated in an email.
She went on to say:
“My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. There’s an audience on FOX News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other. For there is no safety in self-limiting numbers.”
“You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on FOX News,” Brazile said. “I’m going to do what I always do: and dish it out straight, exactly as I see it, with just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect.”
I think Donna Brazile will be a great addition to Fox News… as long as they keep her away from Presidential Debate questions…
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 18, 2019
Leftist Democrats flipped their lids over this one. But they weren’t the only ones. Conservatives and Fox News viewers torched social media with what they thought of the move and most of it was not complimentary by a long stretch.
Brazile will make her first appearance on Fox News tomorrow with Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.” A number of Democrats called Brazile out for signing up with a network that she used to criticize heavily.
— Valerie Rhoten (@ValerieRhoten) March 18, 2019
Brazile wrote an op-ed for Fox News and hotly defended her decision. She said she was “excited” to join the network to “share my perspective and views” and “learn from the experience.”
“I fully admit that in my previous lives as a campaign staffer, presidential campaign manager, and Democrat Party official, my own lack of civility in the heat of battle has been on full display. And it wasn’t pretty,” she wrote.
Brazile further explained:
“My decision to serve as a commentator for Fox News is rooted in the belief that you cannot make progress, let alone reach compromise, without first listening to, and understanding those who disagree with you on critical issues. Will I agree with my fellow commentators at Fox News? Probably not. But I will listen. Will I question them if they make assertions about hard-working Americans, low-income people and issues like climate change that I disagree with? Absolutely. But I will do so with civility and respect. I will also freely admit the weaknesses in liberal arguments and the strength in conservative positions.”
“Just as it takes many ingredients to make a good gumbo, it will require listening to many voices before we are able to move forward as one people,” Brazile said. I think this is more like a good dose of food poisoning if you ask me.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) March 18, 2019
When Brazile leaked the questions to Clinton during the debates, she justified it by saying, “My conscience — as an activist, a strategist — is very clear.” The political activist and veteran Democratic strategist added at the time, “If I had to do it all over again, I would know a hell of a lot more about cybersecurity.” In other words, she would be more careful to get away with it.
A source purported to be close to the situation at Fox News told The Hill that Brazile “will not be involved with debates or town halls at the network.” I would hope not. But then again, I am appalled that Fox News hired her at all after what she did.
Fox News has hired Donna Brazile as a political contributor.
This is the woman who helped Hillary Clinton by giving her debate questions in advance while she was at CNN. She was fired from CNN.
Not a great move.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) March 18, 2019
If you had any doubts that @FoxNews is swinging left before 2020🤔
Suspending @JudgeJeanine and hiring Donna Brazile- Guess they REALLY want that sweet, sweet 2020 Dem primary debate! https://t.co/Oj98iIxEAZ pic.twitter.com/rSXbIDlGOL
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) March 18, 2019
Fox News decided to suspend Judge Jeanine and hire Donna Brazile in the same week. If that doesn't show you the direction Fox News is headed I don't know what will…
Click here to email Fox News and let them know you aren't pleased: https://t.co/za0EIVZFng
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 18, 2019