Samantha Bee has called out South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and other Democrats for holding Fox News town halls, saying their appearances were legitimizing the network and warning that in the long run, they would look foolish.
“In its entire history, Fox News was never on the level, but in the Trump era it’s become an extension of his administration, or maybe vice-versa. They don’t pretend otherwise, so why should anyone else?” Bee said during a monologue on her TBS show, “Full Frontal.” “At a certain point if you play along with Fox you don’t look bold or bipartisan, you just look stupid.”
“Nobody is impressed by how Charlie Brown reaches across the aisle to Lucy’s football,” she added, making a “Peanuts” reference.
Bee said she missed Buttigieg’s town hall on Fox News Sunday because she had to prepare for the “Game of Thrones” finale. The comedian also approvingly noted how some Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris had passed on doing town halls with the network.
“As Elizabeth Warren put it when she refused to appear on the network, Fox News is a hate for profit racket, which in all fairness is the first profitable racket Donald Trump has ever been involved in,” Bee said.
Though the Democratic National Committee has ruled that Fox News cannot host any of the party’s 2020 primary debates because of their close relationship with President Trump, individual candidates have continued to court the network and their large cable news audience.
And though some are willing to appear, the reception hasn’t always been genial. During his turn with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Mayor Pete took an opportunity to call out the channel’s late night opinion firebrands by name and said their public positions made him think twice before agreeing to come on.
“I mean, 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,” Buttigieg said. “Then there is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Comedian Samantha Bee attends the Fast Company Innovation Festival 2016 - Samantha Bee at Skirball Center, NYU on November 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Samantha Bee attends The Women's Media Center 2016 Women's Media Awards at Capitale on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: TV personality Samantha Bee accepts the award for 'Outstanding Achievement in News and Information' onstage at the 32nd annual Television Critics Association Awards during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUlY 27: Comedian Samantha Bee sits for a portrait at the Washington Post Live space on the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday July 27, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Jason Jones and Samantha Bee attend the TBS For Your Consideration event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Comedian Samantha Bee attends TBS's 'A Night Out with Conan O'Brien, Rashida Jones, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones' at The New Museum on May 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Comedian Samantha Bee attends Turner Upfront 2016 arrivals at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Samantha Bee appears on stage during Turner Upfront 2016 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress and comedian Samantha Bee attends the Tribeca Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY during the APRIL 20: Samantha Bee (L) and Allana Harkin attend Tribeca Talks Daring Women Summit during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Samantha Bee attends the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' at AOL Studios In New York on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Correspondent Samantha Bee speaks on the episode that John Oliver takes over as summer guest host of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Actress Samantha Bee (L) and Jason Jones attend 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Samantha Bee attends The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Samantha Bee speaks at Dove April Truth Day Event with Samantha Bee of 'The Daily Show' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dove)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Larry Wilmore attend The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (L-R) Seth Green, Anderson Cooper, Samantha Bee, Kevin Reilly, President, TBS & TNT & Chief Content Officer, Turner Entertainment, David Levy, President, TBS, Inc., Charles Barkley, Donna Speciale, President, Turner Ad Sales, TBS, Inc., Billy Eichner, John Martin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, TBS, Inc., Eric Dane, and Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. TBS, Inc. attend the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Samantha Bee attends the 2nd Annual LOL With LLS Comedy Night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on May 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Samantha Bee attends Dove April Truth Day Event with Samantha Bee of 'The Daily Show' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dove)