Wednesday evening on Fox News, New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bill de Blasio stepped into the lion’s den and appeared on Sean Hannity’s show for an extensive interview. And when it was over with, Hannity and Fox had been left battered and shamed for their so-called “news” coverage.
As HuffPost notes, many topics were covered during the interview:
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De Blasio and Hannity spoke — and repeatedly clashed — on a range of hot button topics including taxation, healthcare, gun control, abortion and climate change. The two men often raised their voices during the debate, speaking over each other as they attempted to make their respective opinions heard.
At one point in the discussion, De Blasio referred to Hannity and Fox as “such a charade” and accused Hannity of stoking fears of immigrants to “distract” from issues like income inequality. That led the host to remark:
“Oh, my network! By the way, there are people on my network that don’t like a single word I say! What are you talking about?”
De Blasio didn’t waver, noting:
“But too much of the time what Fox and News Corp do is try and take people’s minds off the fact they are being screwed economically by the one percent.”
Hannity brought up De Blasio’s plan to tax wealthy Americans at higher marginal rates:
“Do you think that my money that I’ve earned and saved is in the wrong hands?”
The mayor responded:
“Do you think right now your viewers feel that it’s OK that the wealthy have as much as they have and pay as little in taxes as they do? Do you think it’s OK that big corporations pay nothing in taxes?”
Though he received criticism for appearing on Fox, De Blasio said he did so in an effort to reach more Americans so they can decide whether or not they want to change from the policies of the current administration:
“It does not in any way change my criticism of News Corp and Fox News. it’s also right to acknowledge that millions of millions of Americas are watching [Fox News] and we shouldn’t stereotype them.
“I think it is important to challenge those right-wing voices, so I am not for a moment going to change what I think about that venue but, while we are having presidential elections, we have speak to all of America.”
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