Fox News’s shaky veneer collapses

December 14, 2021 ☼ foxtrumpmeadowshannitylies

Source: The Washington Post - Link

Two things happened in the last 48 hours that badly eroded any ability for Fox News to credibly claim that its approach to its coverage is objective.

The first was the sudden announcement on Sunday that longtime host Chris Wallace was decamping for a position with CNN. Wallace had long been a target of conservatives, including on the network itself. His weekly program hosted both Democrats and Republicans, with members of each party facing equivalently skeptical questioning. Even those unwilling to cede that point can simply compare his show to the network’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” hosted by Maria Bartiromo. Wallace’s approach was to interrogate legislators about consequential news stories. Bartiromo tends to spend more time amplifying right-wing propaganda.

As significant as that resignation was, the news for the network soon got worse. During a hearing on Monday evening held by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riot, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) revealed text messages that the committee had received from Mark Meadows, who at the time of the riot was President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. The messages included appeals from several Fox News hosts, including Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade, the latter of whom warned Meadows that the rioters were “destroying everything you have accomplished.”

Their duplicity is revealed.