Bernie Sanders completes a four-day tour of the Trump Country on Monday with a town hall on the president's favorite network: Fox News.
It is an unexpected partnership between a self-described democratic socialist and a media outlet that devotes primetime to the pundits tracking down an alleged "creep" of socialism.
The event will be held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a state-owned Trump won by less than 1
Sanders is the first democratic presidential candidate to appear on the network for such an event. He says it is a way of talking directly to Trump supporters, so that the president is a "pathological liar" who has misled the working class. The booking is also important for Fox News, which was banned from a democratic primary debate.
Among the Democrats, the booking has criticized. Progressive groups urge presidential candidates to boycott the network, whose stream of pro-Trump commentary has led critics to resemble unofficial state television.
"Fox News has turned into something, especially in the past year, which is different from being a conservative outlet, "said Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog. "It is functionally the same as the political propaganda and goes on doing more harm than good."
Carusone distinguishes between short appearances of news exhibitions and events of events, such as city halls and debates, which require negotiations.
Refusing to cooperate with Fox News may force it to "change its behavior," he said. Media Matters has pushed advertisers to release Fox when hosts make offensive or controversial statements.
Last month, Media Matters released recordings of controversial statements from Fox News host Tucker Carlson on speech radio. At the same time, Fox had to renounce comments from host Jeanine Pirro, who asked if the Ilhan Omar's berry of a hijab was "antithetical to the American constitution". Some advertisers withdrew from the current gigs.
"Now the responsibility is," Carson said. "Democrats really need to ask if they want to throw Fox News an annuity right now."
Marianne Gambelli, Fox's president of advertising sales, said that the network recently "had a very successful presentation where our advertisers went away feeling extremely positive about our history and the value of our audience". She said the network predicted "no change" to its advertising sales this year.
Nicole Hemmer, assistant professor at the University of Virginia and author of the right's messenger: conservative media and transformation of American politics, said that the relationship between fox and trump was both "never before seen" and symbiotic. Changing directions, she said, can therefore cost Fox an important segment of their viewers.
She pointed to a period during the 2016 campaign when Trump was feuding with Fox, and especially with host Megyn Kelly. Then the Breitbart edge of Fox could be the center of "rightwing media ecosystem".
"We've seen in the past when Fox goes against the base of the base, the base goes elsewhere," said Hemmer, who previously told the New Yorker Fox was "the closest we have come to having state television".
"Probability of Truth"
Sanders has defended his town hall appearance that will fly at 6.30pm,
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Sanders said, "When I go to Fox, what I say is," Look, many of you voted for Donald Trump, but he lied to you. He said he was going to give health care to everyone. But his policy is to throw 30 million people out of the health insurance they have … "
" How do you explain it to people who voted for Trump if you didn't talk to people who voted for Trump? "
Asked In the same interview, if he believes the network is a" propaganda arm "in the White House, Sanders replied:" In most respects, I think it is. "
Distinguishing between the journalists and its primetime pundits which records most of Fox News has aggressively defended its reporting operation.
Last month, the Democratic National Committee announced that it would exclude Fox News from the President's primary debates, because it would not be "fair and neutral" 19659003] DNC The chairman, Tom Perez, awarded the decision to an 11,000-word New York article where veteran journalist Jane Mayer described how the 2016 election turned a conservative friendly news channel into a "White House" nozzle, as she did so freshly on the intimate relationship between Fox and Trump administration.
It was followed by a three-part, six-month study by the New York Times at Fox's founder Rupert Murdoch's medi an empire, which the Times said, "helped lift marginal demagogues, mainstream ethno-nationalism and politicize the very truth of truth" on three continents.
Fox hosts like Carlson and Sean Hannity help shape and strengthen Trump's political agenda. Hannity also joined the president on stage at a campaign experience, which was commended as someone "with us from the beginning". Trump's inner circle is filled with Fox News alumni, including former executive Bill Shine, who oversaw Trump's communications law until they moved to the re-election campaign.
Perez is scheduled to appear on Fox's America Newsroom on Monday. He has said that he has no problems with Democrats going on the network. But he makes a distinction between guest performances and sponsored debates.
"I go to Fox News on a regular basis, so do other Democrats," Perez told San Francisco Chronicle's podcast. "We do not detest anyone to do the same. It is far from worthy of debates."
Last month, Fox traveled a town hall with former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, who is considering running for the president as an independence. In 2016, it was the host house with Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Online managers said they hope Monday's Town Hall with Sanders and others in the future with other democratic contenders will push the DNC to reconsider the debate.
In a statement, Bill Sammon, Fox News senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Washington, said: "We are pleased that Senator Bernie Sanders and DNC agree with Fox News that successful democratic presidential candidates must engage directly with our large, versatile audiences through TV city halls with top-notch journalists Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum and Chris Wallace. "
Former Maryland Congress John Delaney, the Democratic presidential candidate most commonly found on Fox, believes the network provides a" unique opportunity "to engage in a "competition of ideas" with a conservative audience.  "My candidate's prerequisite is that the country is divided and we must return the country again," he said. "You won't be returning the country again if you refuse to go to Fox News."