There might be no greater example of just how extreme Fox News’ nighttime show hosts are than the network’s coverage of Wednesday’s impeachment hearings versus what Fox’s nighttime hosts – one in particular – are saying.
Fox News top anchor Chris Wallace, host of the conservative cable channel’s “Fox News Sunday,” let viewers know today’s impeachment hearing was very bad for President Trump.
Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, according to Wallace, “took out the bus and ran over President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Mick Mulvaney.”
“He implicates all of them,” Wallace says, just do there’s no confusion.
Wallace goes on to paraphrase Sondland: “I wasn’t a freelancer. Everybody knew. Everybody was in the loop on this,” the Fox News anchor says.
Chris Wallace: Sondland “took out the bus and ran it over President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Mick Mulvaney. He implicates all of them.” pic.twitter.com/tMhXMG30IL
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 20, 2019
That’s pretty bad.
Fox News was not the only network to declare the day a disaster, but Fox News is generally President Donald Trump’s first line of defense.
Enter Sean Hannity.
Hannity, who reportedly speaks to the President almost every night, had a different “take.”
The Hollywood Reorter’s Jeremy Barr reports Hannity told listeners on his radio show today, “This couldn’t be a better day for President Trump.”
“It couldn’t have gone better,” Hannity claimed.
Media Matters just posted the audio:
And a portion of the transcript:
“I mean it was, it just couldn’t go any better. Every witness before Sondland today was either a hearsay so and so so and so so and so so and so so and so so and so so so so so said, or a let me tell you what I think of the transcript that I didn’t hear witness. Now you got the one guy that didn’t talk to the president and what did we get from testimony today? Very clearly stating in a conversation with Donald Trump that the president said when asked an open ended question what do you want from the Ukrainian leader, the new president – nothing. I don’t want a quid pro quo. I want him to get rid of corruption like he ran on.”
There’s more, including how Hannity’s words almost echo exactly President Trump’s who declared today the impeachment investigation “over.”
Sean Hannity says on his radio show that Gordon Sondland’s testimony has won it for the Republicans: “It is over. It is done. This is the end of this.”
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 20, 2019
Impeachment Witch Hunt is now OVER! Ambassador Sondland asks U.S. President (me): “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas & theories. What do you want? It was a very abrupt conversation. He was not in a good mood. He (the President) just said,”…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019
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