It’s only been a week and ‘Merka already has whiplash trying to determine whether everything coming out of the White House is true. You can now relax and watch the Fox “News” Channel because Emperor Trump has declared it to be Official State Tee Vee.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Those poor deluded Fox viewers:
Meanwhile, in the real world:
Fox is falling in line with a White House that demands fealty:
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Plus there are some, Kellyanne, there are some reporters who are calling — Kellyanne, there are some reporters in some newspapers that are just flat out calling the president a liar. They would never do that to Barack Obama in a million years.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: Even when he did. You can keep your doctor if you like, you can keep your insurance plan. We have 57 states in the nation. I mean, there were plenty of occasions to call out former presidents on their falsehoods and that was done very sparingly and not so strategically. I think it’s dangerous to the democracy and for those around the world watching what we do and how this president is covered in his early days, very dangerous to just throw in adjectives like that, either without evidence, but also without context. And I think some of the coverage, in addition to — bias is easy to detect. It’s really the incomplete coverage that I am watching very closely. It’s, well, what’s missing from the story? What was omitted? What’s left on the cutting room floor that actually would inform the public factuallyabout [sic] what’s happening here? What an amazing week.
DOOCY: No kidding.
It’s always journalistic malpractice to cozy up to presidents, but more so because the last 8 years Fox retailed every Reich Wing attack of President Obama including Birtherism. Compare and contrast:
There’s nothing Kellyanne Conway won’t blame on the media, including death threats. Everyone laughed when she used the term “alternative facts,” until a Fox Host Says The “Alternative Facts” Show The Unemployment Rate “Hasn’t Budged One Bit In Eight Years”.
No sooner does Trump advisor and Fox contributor Newt Gingrich [say]: NBC News Should Be Blacklisted For “Hostile” Interview With Kellyanne Conway than Trump Team Blacklists CNN On The Sunday After Inauguration. As part of Newt Gingrich’s White House Press Briefing Plan: Ban Questions From Adversarial Journalists, Have A Live Audience. No word on whether it will include a laugh track, which is sorely needed because none of this is funny.
SYCOPHANTIC SEAN: Thursday morning Fox kept cutting away to Hair Force One on the tarmac waiting for Emperor Trump. It turns out he was more than a half hour late departing for the GOP retreat because he was being interviewed by Sean Hannity, who was granted the First Fox Fluffing. That’s official confirmation whose lips Emperor Trump preferred on his ass.
Hannity’s fanboy interview was everything you’d expect:
The CEO of Trump TV didn’t challenge him on a single thing.
THE FOX TO TRUMP PIPELINE:
Loofah Lad offers new advice:
Your move, Trump.
MARCH HAIR: To praise Emperor Trump, Fox had to denigrate one of the largest protests in history:
The enemy of my friend is my enemy, or sumptin’.
TUCKER? I DON’T EVEN KNOW ‘ER: With so much going on, there’s barely any room to deconstruct the last Carlson standing. In point form:
- Tucker Carlson’s ratings are up over Megyn Kelly’s;
- He’s also been getting a lot of PR fluffing lately;
- His Trump defense is really false equivalency;
- The show is one stupid argument after another, with fewer people to disagree. It recreates the heat of Crossfire, with even less light;
- Frequently misses his own ironic point.
LUNTZ OUT LOUD: Am I a bad person because I found this funny? At 2:24 in this video, when Fox Pollster Ed Luntz (who now seems to wear a toupee on both ends of his face) almost cried, I almost lost it:
When Luntz tweeted about this he claimed it was “red paint.” On air he says “red confetti glitter.” Alternative facts.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT’S DUE:
PUNDIT PASSAGES; COMINGS AND GOINGS: