Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Monday said the DNC will not hold a debate on Fox News because the network's leaders "don't trust" their listeners.
"Will you reconsider your decision of having debates on the Fox News channel?" Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer asked Perez at the end of an interview with Perez on Monday morning.
"Here is why we won’t do that: I don't have faith in your leadership at Fox News at the senior levels," the DNC chair said.
He added, "I have great respect for Bret [Baier] and for Chris [Wallace] and for you, but you've demonstrated that, above your pay grade, they don't trust your own listeners, and so they feel like they have to put the thumb on the scale."
Perez later said the heads of Fox News have "pierced that line between editorial and your Sean Hannity shows."
Hemmer then defended the network's programming, saying, "there is a line between what we do at 9:00 and what happens in the prime time. It's like reading a newspaper, Tom. And it has been the same way for a long time. I really hope you come back. I really hope you reconsider."
Perez replied, "I hope you have a good conversation with the people at the top to say, 'Don't do that.'"