Fox News remains President Trump's favorite news channel, and Sean Hannity his single greatest champion. But mounting criticism from the latter's Fox co-anchors this week suggests the network's support for the president may be eroding.
"Just today John Roberts, Fox News correspondent of the White House walked out of a White House press briefing," explained "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders… said 'I guess he has somewhere better to go,' and he said 'yeah, we're not on camera. You are not doing this on TV, so I have to do a live show.'"
Roberts isn't the only Fox News correspondent who appears fed up. Nightly panelist Charles Krauthammer torched Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected attorney on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, three days after the New York Times bombshell report. Krauthammer continued his attack on Thursday's “Special Report With Bret Baier."
"I'm willing to concede it is not a criminal act, but it is certainly an unethical act," he said of the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June at Trump Tower.
"Damn," exlaimed Uygur. "Fox News calling the Trump administration unethical and saying they were deceiving you all along."
Even Judge Andrew Napolitano had some choice words to describe the Trump Tower summit. According to Napolitano, Don. Jr. was lucky not to receive any information about Hillary Clinton from Veselnitskaya.
"That would have been a felony," he concluded. "That would have been the completion of a crime."
"This is a guy Trump liked so much that he thought about putting him on the Supreme Court," Uygur reminded viewers. "[And] even Napolitano is saying this looks really bad."
Earlier in the week, a furious Sheppard Smith told viewers, "There are still people out there who believe we're making it up, and one day they are going to realize we are not."
"This is a weird topsy-turvy world where I am agreeing with Fox hosts," Uygur noted. That makes two of us.
Republicans are at each other’s throats about Gordon Sondland’s testimony
Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony in the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday turned high-profile Republicans against each other.
His remarks sparked explosive reactions from both critics and defenders of President Donald Trump. Sondland detailed extensive evidence that he, in concert with the White House, administration officials, and with the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, set up a quid pro quo both with Ukraine both for a meeting with Trump and for military aid in exchange for an announcement about investigations into his political rivals. But Republicans latched on to Sondland’s claim that he didn’t recall ever hearing from Trump directly that military aid was conditioned on an announcement and that late in the process — after the scheme was coming to light — the president denied asking for a “quid pro quo.”
Ukrainians know all about Trump’s corruption — and even have a special word for it
When Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate his opponent Joe Biden, it wasn’t just political dirt he was trying to import to the U.S., but a whole phenomenon.
It has a name in Ukraine which can be roughly translated as “problem-solving.” A whole class of people who provide that service. The local name for them is a “reshala.”
For example, if your business is being attacked by the government’s security service for no apparent reason, someone will offer you a solution. For a certain fee, of course. (In America, that’s known as a protection racket.)
Republicans caught flat-footed as Trump’s hand-picked man in Kyiv delivers an unexpected knockout punch
The impeachment case outlining Donald Trump’s bad behavior in launching a campaign for personal political gain just took a huge, if not a devastating, slam-dunk leap forward.
The revised testimony of Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland today made it certain that he led this campaign for extortion against a vulnerably new Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the direct order of Trump, Rudy Giuliani and the full team of top administration figures.
From Sondland, the news was that rather than this being some kind of hidden, “irregular” mob-type plot being engineered by a wily Giuliani, the months-long effort was right out there in the open.