‘He Was Once a Real Reporter, Now He Aids and Abets a Propaganda Operation for a Living’
President Donald Trump on Friday refused to take a question from a CNN reporter on the grounds that the network was filled with “fake news.”
Trump then decided to call on a reporter from what he described as a “real network” — Fox News White House reporter John Roberts.
Instead of sticking up for his fellow journalists, Roberts continued to ask his question as though nothing had happened.
As Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker pointed out, this stands in stark contrast to how the rest of the media actually helped out Fox News in 2009 when the Obama White House tried to shut the network out of its press briefings.
“In 2009, when the Obama White House tried to shut out Fox News, the rest of the press corps stood with them,” he writes. “In 2018, when Trump refused to take questions from Acosta, called CNN “fake news,” Fox News helped him move the presser along without objection.”
In 2009, when the Obama White House tried to shut out Fox News, the rest of the press corps stood with them. In 2018, when Trump refused to take questions from @Acosta, called @CNN “fake news,” Fox News helped him move the presser along without objection.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) July 13, 2018
Many other Twitter users jumped on Fox and Roberts for their unwillingness to stand up for other reporters — check out some of the reactions below.
John Roberts from FOX News has zero backbone – he should have given the mike to Jim Acosta from CNN after Trump once again insulted CNN.
— Katrin Eismann (@KatrinEismann) July 13, 2018
Fox proudly tweets its status as the lapdog news network. https://t.co/3jhoBzzVLK
— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) July 13, 2018
John Roberts of Fox is an asshole for taking the mike off a Trump attack on a free press. He should have declined
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) July 13, 2018
.@johnrobertsFox had an opportunity to speak up after Trump trashed CNN and NBC, but he didn’t because that would break with Fox’s strategy.
He was once a real reporter, now he aids and abets a propaganda operation for a living
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 13, 2018
When Obama attacked Fox News, the rest of the press raised up in outrage. When Trump attacks CNN @Foxnews and @johnrobertsFox either cheer or ignore it to ask a question. You’re better than this, John.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 13, 2018
Shame on John Roberts from Fox for taking the mic at May/Trump presser after Trump refused to answer a question from CNN, calling them “fake news”. Other than Shep Smith, Roberts is the only one from Fox who holds Trump accountable. Until now. @johnrobertsFox
— (@ItsMeCathi) July 13, 2018
If Fox News were, in fact, a “real network” its reporter, John Roberts, would have refused to ask his question after Trump called CNN “fake news.” Disgraceful.
— Michael Schooler (@MikeSchooler) July 13, 2018
John Roberts of Fox News, you had a chance to defend journalism this morning, but instead chose to be Trump’s monkey. You will be remembered for that. You let your colleagues and your profession down. This is now part of your legacy.
— Darren Day (@tootsday) July 13, 2018
There was a period when the Obama press shop iced Fox in briefings. The rest of the press corps backed them up in the interest of free press and 1st Amendment.
It’d be great to see them return the professional courtesy
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) July 13, 2018
How much longer before Trump refuses to take questions from anybody but Fox reporters? Why couldn’t John Roberts have shown some solidarity and handed Jim Acosta the mike?
— Hank (@hammerinhankhar) July 13, 2018
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‘Not Appropriate for Our Air’: Fox News CEO Rejects Ad for Anti-Nazi Oscar Nominated Documentary
The CEO of Fox News personally intervened in a small ad buy, rejecting a 30-second spot promoting an Oscar-nominated anti-Nazi documentary film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, Fox News’ Suzanne Scott said in an email the network would not run the ad because it was “not appropriate for our air.”
The film’s producers wanted to run the ad during Fox News’ “Hannity” show.
The documentary is, “A Night at the Garden.” THR reports the ad “recounts a 1939 Nazi rally in New York City, and a warning — ‘It Can Happen Here’ — to Hannity’s largely conservative viewers about the potential dangers of President Donald Trump’s brand of populism.”
The film’s director, Marshall Curry, says it “shines a light on a time when thousands of Americans fell under the spell of a demagogue who attacked the press and scapegoated minorities using the symbols of American patriotism.”
The documentary is short, just over seven minutes, and can be viewed online free.
Here’s the ad that Fox News rejected:
Hope Hicks Gets FOX Job – And Mercilessly Mocked
White House Quick to Praise Move
Hope Hicks has landed a new job. The former Trump White House Communications Director had announced her retirement in February, one day after testifying before Congress she had lied for the president.
Hicks will go to work for FOX, as its Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, according to The Hill. FOX is the new company forged from assets remaining after the 21st Century Fox and Disney merger, and will include Fox Entertainment, Fox Sports, and of course, Fox News.
Hicks joining FOX is just more proof of the inexorable bond between the White House, Rupert Murdoch, and Fox News – and how much Fox News will have 24/7 access to the Trump administration. The president months ago hired former Fox News co-president Bill Shine as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.
The White House was quick to praise the move:
FOX won’t find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks. So happy for my friend. They are beyond lucky to have you and the East Coast misses you already. https://t.co/mUQUlip5oc
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 8, 2018
And many were quick to mock Hicks:
Hope Hicks joining New Fox as EVP and Chief Communications Officer is yet another illustration that Fox News is not a news network, but rather a partisan propaganda operation aimed at serving Trump’s interests. Also underscores that Fox News is already gearing up for 2020.
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) October 8, 2018
Hope Hicks proves that FOX News & the Trump WH are just one big game of Red Rover.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 8, 2018
Seems like a step down that she moved from the White House to one of the Trump administration’s agencies. https://t.co/sQtaJCGYJ1
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) October 8, 2018
Hope Hicks and Bill Shine swapping hats is a straightforward example of conservation of sexual-assault coverup artists—the fourth law of thermodynamics. https://t.co/yaOpJU1q3M
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) October 8, 2018
Fox is the Fourth Branch of Government, exhibit 4062https://t.co/cGTQQIQsUJ
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 8, 2018
Bill Shine got forced out at Fox for running interference for a sexual predator and bounced over to Trump’s WH
Hope Hicks ran interference for the sexual predator in the WH and bounced over to Fox
just balancing the ledger, really
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) October 8, 2018
— Curt Clark (@CurtClark22) October 8, 2018
So, Hope Hicks is going back to work for the Trump Administration. https://t.co/bpuYHzOeS8
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) October 8, 2018
5) Bottom line is this: Hope Hicks' presence will further align Trump comms apparatus with the Fox News propaganda machine. Lachlan has decided not just to tolerate, but facilitate this. It'll get worse, unless we start organizing to make this trajectory a business problem.
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) October 8, 2018
State media names new spokesperson, same as the old spokesperson. https://t.co/YQg9l9p69u
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) October 8, 2018
It’s official: Hope Hicks named as Minister of Propaganda.🇷🇺https://t.co/bUi518hhhc
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) October 8, 2018
‘People Are Losing Their Minds’: Another Veteran Fox News Reporter Quits Over Biased Pro-Trump Propaganda
Another Fox News reporter has left the conservative network over its direction and vividly pro-Trump tone.
Adam Housley announced he was leaving Fox, which he joined in 2001, because the network’s focus on President Donald Trump and panel discussions had crowded out hard news reporting, reported Politico.
“He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” a former employee told the website. “And he is unhappy with the tone of the conversation of the channel.”
The Los Angeles-based Housley plans to move to San Fransisco to spend more time with his two young children and wife, Tamera Mowry-Housley, the actress and co-host of the daytime talk show “The Real.”
Housley’s discomfort with the pro-Trump tone at Fox News is widely shared among the network’s reporters, according to current and former employees.
“People are losing their minds,” one current Fox News personality told Politico.
Conor Powell stepped down as Jerusalem bureau reporter earlier this month over similar concerns, according to a person close to him.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters quit working as a contributor for the network in March because he believed its pro-Trump “propaganda” was harmful to American democracy.
“Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer,” Peters said in an email to colleagues. “I swore to ‘support and defend the Constitution,’ and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform.”
“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers,” he added.
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