Warren on Fox: I understand why DNC is refusing to give debate to 'propaganda machine'

Warren on Fox: I understand why DNC is refusing to give debate to 'propaganda machine'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.) said Friday that she supports the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision to refuse to let Fox News host a presidential primary debate.

“I do understand that when more and more keeps coming out about how Fox News was just operating as an arm of the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration, boy, that doesn’t much look like we really have a free and independent press," the 2020 presidential candidate said on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber.” 

"It just looks like a propaganda machine,” she added.

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Warren's comments came after the DNC announced Wednesday that it would not permit the network to host a presidential primary debate, citing an explosive story in The New Yorker that alleged close coordination between Fox News and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's inner circle.

Warren has appeared on Fox News before for an interview with Bret Baier in January. Chris Wallace has also said that Warren has agreed to appear on his "Fox News Sunday" program, The New York Times reported this week.

The New Yorker noted in its report that several Fox News alumni worked in the Trump White House and alleged that former Fox News chief Roger Ailes passed along questions to Trump prior to a 2016 Republican primary debate.

“So I understand why it is that the Democratic Party would just say, ‘we’re just not going to be a part of that,’ ” Warren said.

Fox News senior vice president and Managing Editor Bill Sammon rebuked the DNC's move, touting Fox News’s high viewership numbers.

“They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters,” Sammon said in an emailed statement.

Updated at 10:41 p.m. with more information