New York Times reporter: Warren's anti-Fox News argument 'tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables'

New York Times reporter: Warren's anti-Fox News argument 'tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables'
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New York Times political reporter Lisa Lerer said Monday that an argument by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running Press: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (D-Mass), a 2020 White House hopeful, against appearing on Fox News "tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables," a term used by former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Top diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Feehery: What Republicans must do to adapt to political realignment MORE to describe President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE's voters in 2016.

"There is this big debate as you alluded in the Democratic Party about whether or not to go on Fox at all," Lerer told CNN anchor Kate Bolduan. "Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic National Committee, say it’s not something Democrats should do because by going on Fox, Democrats are just helping this network that vilifies them every day nonstop make money."

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"And then you have the flip side, which is Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.), [South Bend, Ind.] Mayor [Pete] Buttigieg, saying we need to reach people where they are," Lerer, also a CNN contributor, continued, referring to two others candidates in the Democratic presidential field.

"And there is some concern with the Warren argument that it tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables, that phrase that got Hillary Clinton in so much trouble during the last election, so you don’t want to sort of vilify people, even if you’re trying to vilify the network."

Lerer's perspective comes after Warren declared she wouldn't appear on a Fox News town hall because the network is a "hate-for-profit racket."

Other 2020 Democratic hopefuls have appeared on Fox News town halls, however, including Sanders, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE (D-Minn.) and Buttigieg, who was featured in a live event from New Hampshire on Sunday night.

Buttigieg said during the Fox News town hall that many Democrats were critical of his appearance before noting controversial remarks made by Fox News hosts Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonCBS employee fired for allegedly leaking Robach hot mic clip denies she leaked the tape Megyn Kelly teases interview with woman reportedly fired after leak of hot mic Epstein video Former AG Sessions enters Alabama Senate race MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamEx-Virginia governor rips Laura Ingraham's 'racist kind of talk' about state demographics Senate Republicans struggle to coalesce behind an impeachment strategy GOP chairman: Hearing on delayed Ukraine aid should wait until after House inquiry wraps MORE.

"I get where that's coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network," Buttigieg said.

"When you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty. When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps. There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem," he added.

Buttigieg is polling at 7 percent in the RealClearPolitics polling index, more than 31 points behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The 37-year-old mayor is the third Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Fox News in a town hall format.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths Harris proposes keeping schools open for 10 hours a day MORE (D-N.Y.) is slated to appear on the next Fox News town hall on June 2.