Fox News signed former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile as a contributor just two weeks after current DNC Chair Tom Perez announced he would ban the network from hosting Democratic primary debates.
Fox announced Monday that Brazile is joining the network as a contributor to offer political analysis, and Brazile preemptively scolded progressives who might criticize her decision:
I’m delighted to be joining FOX News. I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on FOX News. 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.
Brazile added that she still plans to be herself on Fox News and will bring “just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect.”
Perez announced in early March that he wasn’t going to allow Fox News to host a Democratic primary debate, citing a New Yorker article that alleged Fox has become a propaganda outlet for President Donald Trump. (RELATED: DNC Won’t Allow Fox News To Host A Primary Debate)
“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,” Perez said in a statement. “Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Ed Rendell criticized Perez for his decision and argued that the party should aim to spread their message to as many people as possible. Rendell added that there are plenty of straight news anchors on the network that would ensure a fair debate.
Brazile, however, has been the subject of her own controversy regarding Democratic debates. Emails released by WikiLeaks revealed that in 2016 Brazile was sharing CNN debate and town hall questions with the Clinton campaign in advance.
A source close to the situation said that Brazile will not have anything to do with the debate or town hall process.