Fox and Friends First thought they booked pro-ICE Democratic Congressional candidate, Ann Kirkpatrick, but who they really booked was anti-Trump Congressional candidate Barbara L’Italien. The result was a blasting of Trump.
Fox and Friends First hyped Kirkpatrick who is from Arizona, but it was L’Italien, who is running in Massachusetts, who appeared on camera and said, “Good morning. I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump, I feel that what’s happening at the border is wrong, I’m a mother of 4 and I believe that separating kids from their parents is illegal and inhumane. I’m actually Barbara L’Italien. I’m a state senator representing a large immigrant community and running for Congress in Massachusetts, I keep thinking about what we are putting parents through and imagining how terrifying that must be for those families, imagining how it would feel not knowing if I’d ever see my kids again, we have to stop abducting children and ripping them from their parents’ arms.”
The Fox and Friends First hosts cut off the interview and then apologized to their viewer in the Oval Office after a commercial break, “We want to apologize for the last segment a few minutes ago. We were told Ann Kilpatrick was going to be on the show. As you saw somebody else stepped in front of the camera. We are working to figure out how that happened.”
How that happened was that somebody booked the wrong guest. How Fox News managed to confuse a candidate in Arizona with a candidate in Massachusetts is worthy of the investigation itself, but it was also revealed that the hosts stuck to their script and couldn’t adjust on the fly. They even kept calling L’Italien, Ann, even though she identified herself when she was introduced.
A little bit of truth got on the air at Fox News, and the result wasn’t a discussion that any legitimate news organization might have on the air. Fox panicked, tossed it to a commercial, and apologized for the viewpoint of an overwhelming number of Americans making it on to their broadcast.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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