Liz Warren;”Fox News Is A Hate-For-Profit Racket”

Presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has thrown down the gauntlet on Fox News calling the network a “hate-for-profit racket”. This stems from a squabble the Dem Senator has been having with the conservative news network after she recently declined their invitation to appear for a town hall at the network. Sen Warren initially slammed Fox News saying it is an illegitimate news network that hires a few credible journalists to make it palatable to sponsors. In essence, Sen Warren argued that she didn’t want to give Fox News undeserved credibility by participating in its town hall. It’s important to point out that other Democratic Presidential candidates have participated in Fox News’ town halls.

Sen Warren said about Fox News, “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket. It’s a racket. And much of America is starting to catch up to them, and that means that they are losing right now, sponsors. This is all about money. They lose sponsors because sponsors don’t want to be associated with the hate. I will find many ways to reach out. I will talk to Fox News reporters, but what I’m not going to do is give them a full hour of my time so they can raise money and raise credibility off it.”

It is not hard to argue with Sen Warren’s reasoning especially if you consider one of the leading lights at Fox News Jeanine Pirro, who has arguably made some of the most hateful and divisive comments ever made by a national news anchor. Jeanine Pirro, a former Judge if you can believe it, was suspended for this hateful rant against a sitting U.S. Congresswoman

Naturally the Warren-Fox News tussle has received a lot of mainstream media coverage, and deservedly so. However, lost in the mainstream media noise is the central argument Sen Warren set out to make–that Fox News is not a legitimate news network. The question as to whether Fox News is a legitimate news network is a very important question if one is to give a fair hearing to Sen Warren’s concerns. Yours Truly has raised this very question in a previous post about the obscene Trump-Fox News affair.

Bottom line, Yours Truly will not fault the mainstream media for covering the fact that Sen Warren will not participate in Fox News town halls because it is a valid news story. However Yours Truly takes great issue with the fact that some in the mainstream media are quick to attack Sen Warren’s Fox News stance without addressing her core argument that Fox News is not a legitimate news network. Reasonable people will agree that if Fox News is not a legitimate news network, then Sen Warren or any other Democratic candidate for that matter, should not be faulted for refusing to participate in the network’s charade.

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The Obscene Trump-Fox News Relationship 2.0

A bombshell piece in The New Yorker says that in the Summer of 2017, Trump ordered his then Director of National Economic Council Gary Cohn to block the blockbuster merger between telecom giants AT&T and Time Warner. It was well known at that time that blocking the deal would benefit Fox News(Trump’s declared favorite news channel) while hurting CNN(his sworn enemy). Trump reportedly called Cohn and Chief of Staff Kelly into the Oval Office where he ordered Cohn to call the Justice Department and kill the merger

The author of the New Yorker piece Jane Mayer, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “The question is, has he[the President] been abusing his power to help his friend Rupert Murdoch, the mogul over at Fox, and to hurt his enemies, the people at CNN? This was an order from the President to his top economic adviser in the White House to block a deal, a very major multi billion dollar corporate deal and if they blocked the deal it was going to hurt CNN and it was going to help Fox. It seems like he is trying to punish his enemies and help his friends by using the U.S. Justice Department.”

The full Jane Mayer-Andrea Mitchell interview is available here but the relevant clip is below

Other startling revelations of the obscene Trump-Fox News relationship chronicled in Jane Mayer’s blockbuster piece include;

Fox News apparently knew about the Stormy Daniels story before the 2016 elections but then owner Rupert Murdoch ordered Fox News’ staff to kill it.(not to air it)

Remember the infamous Megyn Kelly clash with Trump during the first Republican presidential debate? Well according to Mayer, Fox News’ Roger Ailes(since deceased) tipped off Trump a day before that he was going to be asked a tough question by Kelly. This of course means Trump’s crude response to Kelly(“blood coming out of….everywhere”) may have been rehearsed. It may not have been a spur of the moment response like we all have assumed it was

To date Fox News has had 44 interviews with President Trump while all the other networks combined have had a total of about 10 with CNN getting zero.

The former President of Fox News, Bill Shine, is now Trump’s Communications Director

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly argued in a previous post, time has come for some serious questions to be asked/answered about this obscene Trump-Fox News relationship. As Jane Mayer correctly sums it, “It raises questions that are troubling about our democracy when the number one rated cable news show appears many times to be an arm of the White House.” As we approach the 2020 elections, there needs to be bipartisan condemnation of this obscene Trump-Fox News relationship as it is antithetical to democratic norms. Simply put, any self-respecting democratic society can not have a major news network controlled by one candidate, especially as here, where that one candidate is already the President, equipped with the tremendous electoral advantages of incumbency.

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The Obscene Trump-Fox News Relationship

Trump and Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo

When regular people encounter obscene images on the internet and elsewhere, the natural reaction is to recoil in dismay. Strangely however, America is witnessing daily an obscene relationship between President Trump and Fox News with seemingly no “recoiling in dismay” from politicians (especially Dems) or other sections of the mainstream media..

This lack of dismay/outrage at the obscene relationship between President Trump and Fox News leaves the wrong impression that this is okay/acceptable. Folks, this is not acceptable and Dems need to start screaming about it. There has to be a reasonable distance between the White House and a major U.S. news organization



Luckily Brian Stelter host of CNN’s Reliable Sources gets it and is beginning to call out this obscene relationship between Trump and Fox News. In this must-watch July 8 2018 segment, Seltzer details how Fox News and Trump are engaged in conduct no other U.S. administration has ever engaged in with a major news organization–the stuff of state run tv stations in foreign dictatorships.

Stelter for example talks about how Maria Bartiromo literally handed Trump talking points in what was supposed to be an interview. Or how Trump promotes Sean Hannity’s show to his twitter followers and gets regular advice from him(Hannity) on political matters. Or how Lou Dobbs calls into Oval Office meetings to give his opinions(wow). Or how Kimberly Guilfoyle is now dating Trump’s son yet still appears as a host on Fox News discussing the Trump family. Or how Jeanine Pirro asked Trump for a job at DOJ. Or how Trump at the suggestion of Sean Hannity is now bringing in Bill Shine, former Fox News executive into the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. Folks, examples of this obscene Trump-Fox News relationship are endless.

By the way Bill Shine’s wife Darla is known to post very racist things on Twitter. She has since deleted her Twitter account but Mediaite captured some of them. This blatant racism by Darla would be enough for any other U.S. administration to pull the plug on Shine’s appointment but not the Trump administration.

According to Stelter both Trump and Fox News benefit from this obscene relationship–Trump getting regular “soft” interviews which are essentially public relations campaigns and in turn he pitches the various Fox News shows, books etc to his massive twitter audience. It’s a great arrangement from a business standpoint, but goes against everything U.S. journalism has stood for–holding those in power accountable. Maria Bartiromo and her cohorts at Fox News appear to have twisted this age old journalism principle to “using those in power for ratings and profit.”

Yours Truly was on this Fox News beat way before it was vogue but admittedly, never thought it would ever get this bad.

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