Fox News has just hired yet another Trump administration official, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as a paid, on-air contributor. Fox News recently also hired former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former Trump National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. The conservative cable channel also recently hired Trump campaign official Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law.
“Pompeo will make his first appearance on Fox & Friends on Friday, the network said,” Deadline reports. “He’ll contribute across all Fox News Media platforms.”
Pompeo has spent years – and countless thousands of taxpayers’ money – paving the road for a 2024 presidential run. As Secretary of State he visited major primary battleground states frequently, and hosted what he called “Madison Dinners” that had guest lists filled with more domestic donors than foreign dignitaries.
Right before Biden was sworn in a president Pompeo spent days on Twitter touting what he saw as his accomplishments, painting himself as the logical heir of Trump’s “America First” brand.
It has been an honor to serve as the U.S. Secretary of State. Today, as I step down from this role as our nation’s top diplomat, I am proud of what we achieved — and I promise to never stop fighting for America #AmericaFirst 🇺🇸
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) January 20, 2021
He’s invoking that marketing strategy in his statement announcing his new Fox News gig.
“As a now former diplomat and member of Congress, and in this new role at Fox News Media, I intend to give viewers a candid, no-nonsense look at geopolitics, international relations and the America First policies that helped chart the course for unprecedented American prosperity and security.”
The hiring of Pompeo, who is strongly expected to wage a 2024 presidential run, would be unprecedented except Fox News hired Lara Trump as an on-air contributor. She has said she “absolutely” is considering a Senate run.
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‘Shocking’: Fox & Friends Fear-Mongers and Freaks Out Over Biden Declaring No Amendment Is ‘Absolute’
“Fox & Friends” has decided it is “shocking” that the President of the United States declared that no amendment to the Constitution is “absolute,” despite Supreme Court rulings and even common examples which fill everyday American speech.
President Joe Biden on Thursday declared gun violence an “epidemic” and announced a series of actions, including six executive orders, to combat what he called a “blemish on our character as a nation.”
“The part that is really shocking,” co-host Steve Doocy claimed Friday, “is where the President just said no Amendment to the Constitution is absolute. He’s talking about the Second Amendment, which he does not regard as, you know, giving everybody the right to do whatever they want to with guns, we know that we know his talking point.”
Doocy went on to say that Biden “would like to do something about the Second Amendment, which he simply disagrees with,” Doocy claimed. Biden has a 3500 word plan to end gun violence on his campaign website, and none of it has anything to do with abandoning the Second Amendment.
“But what about if no amendment is absolute? What about how does he feel about the First Amendment? How does he feel about the freedom of religion, how does he feel about freedom of speech?” Doocy asked.
For 17 years, until 2008, Biden was an adjunct professor, teaching a constitutional law seminar at Widener University School of Law.
And Biden addressed all these points during his Rose Garden speech Thursday, a fact the Fox News team was counting on its viewers to not have watched.
“No amendment — no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” Biden said Thursday. “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.”
The Supreme Court repeatedly has determined that “no right under the Constitution is absolute,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told The Washington Post in 2015. “In general, where the government has very strong reasons to restrict a right, it can.”
Doocy then declared that “it looks as if he’s, he’s been, you know, kind of a cafeteria approach to the Constitution,” in a dog-whistle to Biden’s Catholic faith, which conservatives often attack.
Steve Doocy is so offended by Joe Biden saying “no amendment is absolute” that he asks “what about the first amendment,” which has several exceptions in federal law. pic.twitter.com/9yqdACI1uc
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 9, 2021
Fox & Friends Filibuster Freakout: If They End It ‘Democrats Will Rule Our Country Forever’
“The country’s gone, it’s a free-for-all if this happens.”
Fox News on Wednesday seemingly made a huge admission: conservatives and their policies do not reflect the will of the majority of Americans.
That’s essentially what “Fox & Friends” telegraphed to viewers when co-host Ainsley Earhardt responded to a clip of President Joe Biden making news by merely saying he supports reforming the filibuster – not even eliminating it.
“If they end the filibuster, the Democrats will rule our country forever,” she warned. “We will become a socialist country.”
That’s by definition false.
“So first they’ll do, they’ll kill the filibuster,” she said, reading from prepared notes. “Then they’ll pass this H.R. 1,” Earhardt warned, referring to Democrats’ bill to protect and expand voting rights, reduce gerrymandering and money in politics, and enact ethics reforms.
“So felons can vote, no ID if you go to vote, register everybody, expand mail-in ballots,” Earhardt, fear-mongering, said about the bill, as if for some reason some U.S. citizens should be prohibited from voting, or have to work harder to cast a ballot.
“Then, guess what, they’re going to start packing the court,” she continued down her list of feared pro-democracy reforms.
“The country’s gone, it’s a free-for-all if this happens,” an alarmed Earhardt railed.
She told Fox News viewers that conservative Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are opposed to ending the filibuster, “but if they change their minds, it’s over.”
Ainsley Earhardt solemnly warns that “if they end the filibuster, Democrats will rule our country forever. We will become a socialist country.” This is about Joe Biden wanting to restore the talking filibuster. pic.twitter.com/je84hAo9tZ
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 17, 2021
Maria Bartiromo, Who Says ‘Intel Source’ Told Her Trump ‘Won’ Election, to Co-Host New Fox News Nightly Opinion Show
Maria Bartiromo, a Fox Business and Fox News host who has falsely claimed that – according to an “intel source” – President Donald Trump won the November election, will be among six rotating hosts as Fox News expands its evening lineup of extremist opinion shows into the 7 PM hour. Fox is moving its “straight news” show, “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” to 3 PM.
“Maria Bartiromo has been the source of some of the most destructive conspiracy theories at Fox Business and Fox News…particularly in the past few months,” tweeted Yashar Ali, a New York Magazine and HuffPost freelance journalist who’s broken major stories about public figures in the media and politics.
“But what is Fox going to do…fire her?” he added. “They allowed her to book guests like Sidney Powell.”
Powell is the pro-Trump conspiracy theorist attorney who is being sued for $1.3 billion for alleged defamation by Dominion, the voting machine manufacturer.
Washington Post senior political reporter Aaron Blake noted that Bartiromo “has spent the last two months unquestioningly parroting Trump’s voter fraud allegations.”
“She also recently cited an unnamed ‘intel source telling me that President Trump did in fact win the election.'”
Bartiromo last month in fact did claim that, according to an “intel source,” Trump actually won, which is false. Here’s video of that false claim:
Why does she have a show? Why is she still broadcasting? Fox Anchor Maria Bartiromo actually says an ‘intel source’ told her Trump did in fact win the election. Okay, that’s it, it’s over, Trump won. pic.twitter.com/ESLFZlm3Lq
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) December 16, 2020
The Daily Beast’s media reporter Max Tani adds, “If I were Trish Regan, I’d be pretty upset that I got pushed out of Fox for doing one little COVID conspiracy theory while Maria Bartiromo has spend months entertaining election fraud theories and got a promotion!”
Vox’s Aaron Rupar notes that “Bartiromo lets Trump lie with impunity” in this clip from late November, but that allegation is actually true for most of Trump’s appearances with Bartiromo.
Trump’s own lawyers conceded in court that the claim he makes here about poll watchers is a lie — but Maria Bartiromo lets Trump lie with impunity pic.twitter.com/5nyfc4XnsF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 29, 2020
Last August Bartiromo lied, telling President Trump there was “a coup” against him.
“There was still a coup against you!” Maria Bartiromo tells Trump. (Narrator: there was no coup against him)
“The fact was President Obama knew everything. Vice President Biden, as dumb as he may be, he knew everything,” Trump replies. pic.twitter.com/DlAICqV43U
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2020
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