Filling the swamp? Who you gonna call? Fox News, of course. They’ll not only praise your swamp and pronounce it crystal clear and spring-fresh, but leap at the chance to be part of it.
We thought Fox News was bad enough when it was Fox News. Now Fox News is going to be in the White House. Rachel Maddow looked at all the Fox News personalities like Ben Carson and Newt Gingrich, Laura Ingraham and Monica Crowley, all headed to or being considered for White House postings by Donald Trump.
As Maddow explained, we “know that the incoming president watches Fox News and he likes it now, apparently. He likes it enough that he’s picked it up by the ankles, given it a good shake and started to move its whole roster off of Rupert Murdoch and onto the taxpayers of the United States.”
Last night we led this show talking about the newly announced deputy national security adviser for the incoming administration. She, too, is a Fox News Channel personality. We finished the show last night talking about the meeting the president-elect would have today with this very controversial activist who has made it his life’s work to abolish the VA, to privatize the VA. He also it turns out is a Fox News personality. And when you start looking for it, it’s kind of remarkable this pattern, it’s kind of remarkable the number of points of overlap between who the president-elect is meeting, who he’s floating for top jobs in his administration, who he’s appointing to top jobs in his administration, the points of overlap between that roster of people and the roster of people who are contracted to appear on cable news, specifically on the Fox News Channel, which the president-elect does sometimes like to criticize but we know he apparently never likes to turn it off.
The pattern is amazing. All those folks also, you know, Ben Carson, has reportedly been offered the Housing and Urban Development job in the cabinet. He’s a former Fox News contributor. Newt Gingrich as we know considered till the last second for vice president in the Trump administration, former Fox News contributor. Scott Brown who has also met with Trump about the VA job apparently, Fox News contributor. Laura Ingraham and Monica Crowley both reportedly considered for White House Press Secretary, both Fox News contributors. John Bolton reportedly under consideration for Secretary of State, Fox News contributor. There’s Mike Huckabee, right, there’s Jeanine Pirro both meeting with the president-elect in this weird runway camera thing that we do at the elevators of his apartment building because he hasn’t moved to transition offices, right? Both Fox News contributors. The First Amendment may or may not be safe under this president.
But we do know that the incoming president watches Fox News and he likes it now, apparently. He likes it enough that he’s picked it up by the ankles, given it a good shake and started to move its whole roster off of Rupert Murdoch and onto the taxpayers of the United States. What a time to be alive.
It is so bad that one of those left behind, Fox Five co-host Greg Gutfeld joked the other day,
“What becomes of Fox News? So I’m looking at the roster so far. You’ve got KT McFarland, Ben Carson, [John] Bolton, [Monica] Crowley, [Mike] Huckabee, Scott Brown. These are all FNC mainstays. Are they going to replace the Supreme Court with Outnumbered? Does that make Clarence Thomas one lucky guy? I’m worried. We’re not going to have anybody here anymore.”
Granted, every cast-off Republican politician and ex-White House appointee wash up at some point on the shores of Fox News, so maybe it is no surprise some of these people would be considered for positions by Trump. Look at Fox News as a bank, or perhaps better, a refrigerator, where the GOP stores people until they are needed or past their freshness date.
It might be an oxymoron to says “best and brightest” in the same breath as Fox News, but it is clear that Donald Trump is at least looking for the worst and dimmest as he seeks to fill his administration with swamp creatures, and he’s gone to the right place by choosing Fox News.
It is the one way of ensuring somebody who is honest and has integrity and who accepts the scientific underpinnings of our universe, doesn’t accidentally step into the Oval Office while Trump is president.