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Fox News hires former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile as a contributor

By STEPHEN BATTAGLIO • Mar 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Fox News, which has been accused by critics of having a cozy relationship with the Trump White House, has hired longtime Democratic strategist Donna Brazile as an on-air contributor.

Brazile will appear across all Fox News programs in daytime and prime time, the network announced Monday. She has appeared on the conservative-leaning network in the past as a guest.

Brazile, who served as interim head of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and campaign manager for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, immediately becomes the highest-profile Democratic talking head on Fox News.

According to a person familiar with the matter, Brazile’s hiring has been in the works for some time. Brazile said in a statement that she is taking on the role on a network that has been demonized by the Democratic Party because she wants to promote more civil discourse in the politically polarized landscape.

“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News,” Brazile said. “My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other.”

Brazile, 59, has previously been a commentator for CNN. She resigned in October 2016 following a Wikileaks dump of hacked DNC emails that revealed she shared information with Hillary Clinton’s campaign about questions CNN used in a Democratic candidates’ town hall meeting on the network. The program aired in March 2016 when Clinton was still battling Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the nomination.

Brazile’s action — which she said she regretted — has been cited by Fox News commentators as an example of corruption within the Clinton campaign during the 2016 race.

In her role at Fox News, Brazile will appear strictly as a Democratic commentator and will not be involved in the planning of the network’s political debate or town hall coverage during the 2020 presidential campaign.

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