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Most people understand the National Enquirer isn’t a legitimate news organization. Until recently, most wouldn’t have thought it was propaganda. Most people believed it was nothing more than a gossip rag that got its headlines from stalking celebrities and going through their garbage. It seemed to spare nobody. Then, we learned they paid for stories (which credible news organizations don’t do) about Donald Trump scandals and then buried them. The publisher, David Pecker locked them in safe along with his picture of Elvis in his coffin (really).

The Enquirer didn’t just bury stories that would embarrass Trump and potentially cost him the election. They paid for those stories (along with Trump and Michael Cohen). Such tactics seemed beneath the journalist integrity of even the National Enquirer. You wouldn’t find a major, credible news organization doing that, right?

Wrong.

To be fair, a lot of people don’t consider Fox News a credible news organization. Even though they do some actual reporting and anchors such as Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith are respected, most of Fox News works as Trump TV and actively works to promote and defend the guy in the White House.

Fox is Trump’s favorite outlet. He calls into Fox & Friends in the morning, has nightly phone chats with Sean Hannity, tweets their reports, and praises them at his hate rallies. He even raids Fox News to fill positions in his administration. Hey, Eric Trump only had one wedding planner so Trump has to find candidates someplace.

Now we learn the network’s relationship with Trump has them sharing a journalistic sewer with that Pecker guy.

The New Yorker published an article by Jane Mayer on the “Fox News White House.” In it, she reports that Fox News buried a story on…wait for it…killed a story about Stormy Daniels’ mushroom encounter before the 2016 presidential election. She also reports that Trump tried to spike the AT&T-Time Warner merger over his hatred for CNN, now an AT&T company, and the network he describes as Fake News (though I hear they run decent cartoons).

Mayer wrote, “The White House and Fox interact so seamlessly that it can be hard to determine, during a particular news cycle, which one is following the other’s lead.”

Fox’s Tucker Carlson was pissed and said, “The American Media has changed forever. News organizations that seemed like a big deal are now extinct. Those that remain have now degraded themselves beyond recognition, like the New Yorker.” Detecting no irony whatsoever, Trump tweeted out Carlson’s statement.

According to the New Yorker story, a top executive at Fox told the reporter with the Stormy story, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” He has since denied it, but that reporter was demoted, sued, came to a financial settlement, and signed a non-disclosure agreement. Fox probably buried that story too.

Mayer also reported that Roger Ailes, then the chairman of the network and now dead guy, tipped Trump off about a question coming his way from then-Fox host Megyn Kelly about Trump’s comments about women during a 2015 Republican candidate debate.

Former DNC official Donna Brazile caught a lot of heat when it came to light through Wikileaks that she fed questions to the Clinton campaign while she was a political analyst for CNN. The network fired her. Guess which network ran a lot of stories about it, heavy with condemnation over the violation of journalistic ethics and the viewers’ trust. Yup. Fox News.

I’ve always hated when people argued for the need of a right-wing media, saying it counters the left-wing media. I don’t see the solution to biased news being more biased news. And, most “left-wing” media is usually described that way because facts have a “left-wing” bias.

Those Smart News TV commercials annoy me. They advertise their app as providing news from both sides. You don’t need news from “both sides.” You just need news. Fox, at this point, isn’t just an uncredible news outlet. They’re not even a right-wing news outlet. Just like the Republican Party and CPAC, they’re a part of the Trump cult.

If you watch Fox News, you’re not watching news. Just like there’s no such thing as “fake news,” there’s no such thing as Fox news.

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16 comments

  1. You all synch up like robots to promote the same talking points. Rob Reiner was on MSNBC yesterday talking this same nonsense of “State Run Media.” Nobody cares about Stormy, and we didn’t elect him to be anyone’s moral leader. The majority of states elected him to be Commander in Chief and protect the American people.

    Article 4 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution- “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

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      1. Oh God, you’re actually gonna be here tomorrow? Ugh!

        You need to find a hobby, aside from trolling. Or, at the very least, please, troll elsewhere.

        Also, I care about Stormy, because she eventually told the truth about her life-scarring encounter. Your tangerine tyrant has yet to. Michael Cohen even fessed up, unlike your orange overlord.

        It’s a good thing that YOU don’t expect that shit-stain on the Presidency of the United States to be a moral leader, but… (67% of us expect the PO(TU)S Dictator Wanna Be, or Commander in Chief, as you label that POS)…he needs to step up and be that moral leader. That makes all the difference. I get that because I have children, and the last thing I want them to do is say “Well Dad, I feel that I need to be a complete asshole in life is because it will make me President of the United States someday. It worked so well for Trump that, well…it should work for me.

        Welcome to My Nightmare.

        And every other decent father’s nightmare.

        Get a clue Herpe Foot.

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  2. I got kids Herpe Foot. Quit being the major troll that you are. I’m not sure what motivates you. Wanting to be a prick, attention getting or…just to be a troll. I do not understand people like you.

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    1. Okay, calm down. How ‘bout this, what do you think about this whole transgender thing…would you allow people to tell your kindergarten age son about transgenders?
      I’m just trying to have a discussion to see what you lefties believe. I’m Greek, we talk politics…

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      1. Yeah, the BS you speak is Greek to me. Just BS, not sensible in any way, shape or form. Don’t get you, probably never will. Thank the Lord! Whichever one either of us choose. DC

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      2. @AZ/DC See I knew you weren’t no parent. Can’t even handle a simple question…I truly pity people like you. Just mindless and soulless….the only creativity you experience is putting others down, that’s a shame.

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    1. Yeah, do what you’re told robots!

      Ain’t got no time for no productive discussion in this echo chamber! …Chamber….chamber

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    2. I am not required to answer your questions troll boy. It is is so asinine that you think you know me well enough to know that I’m not a parent. The troll in you is running amuck. Go pound sand.

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  3. Hey Clay! Congrats on your 2019 Herblock Prize finalist award. I have enjoyed your thought provoking work for many years and this makes me especially proud of you. Rock on!
    -A fellow Fred Vegas resident.

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    1. “Clay doesn’t really need to sign his work—there is no mistaking a Clay Jones cartoon,” the judges wrote. “Working in large panels with colorful, stylized drawing, Jones creates cartoons full of visual details, gags and punch lines that point out the absurdities of the times we’re living through.”

      Fredericksburg editorial cartoonist Clay Jones wins national honor

      https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg-editorial-cartoonist-clay-jones-wins-national-honor/article_f98ac76a-ec03-53aa-b4c0-cb92c1b5ec11.html

      Congratulations, Clay, first CNN and then Herblock finalist!
      Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!😉

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