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Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son insists Fox News hasn’t devolved into pro-Trump state media

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Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son is pushing back on claims that Fox News has become tantamount to state-sponsored television in the age of Donald Trump, according to Business Insider.

Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman of Fox News’ parent company 21st Century Fox, said at a morning panel at the Ignition conference that media organizations should not support particular individuals. But he said the media could get behind particular ideas or ideologies.

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“One of the reasons why the New York Times is such well-respected newspaper and a very fine news organization, is that their opinion is very strong,” he said. “And there’s clearly a direction and an opinion that speaks to their readers. It’s the same for Fox News.”

He said that Fox News host Shepard Smith was evidence that the network included some independent voices. But he acknowledged that someone who was more liberal would have trouble succeeding at Fox News.

Fox News frequently invited Trump to appear on their network prior to his run for president, when he was pushing the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein described Fox News as “state media” earlier this month. Former Fox News anchor Andy Levy said this week that the channel has turned into “Trump News Network.”

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“He should never view a media outlet as being on his side,” Levy explained. “And the whole thing is sad, and Fox News should disavow it, but it kinda can’t, ’cause with a couple of exceptions, they have backed themselves into this corner, and now they’re the Trump News Network and that’s their lifeblood.”


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Rick Wilson claims Jim Jordan will take extreme measures to derail impeachment hearings

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On Wednesday, former GOP strategist and Never Trump commentator Rick Wilson warned that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) may have a plan to derail the public impeachment hearings by repeatedly blurting out the alleged name of the whistleblower who first detailed improprieties in President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky:

GOP aide tells me one plan discussed is for Gym Jordan and others to repeatedly use the whistleblower's name as one of several strategies to blow up the hearings and make the media report on his identity.

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Trump reduced to panicky all-caps tweets and quoting Fox & Friends ahead of impeachment hearings

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday sent out a series of angry and panicky tweets in the hours leading up to the House of Representatives' first open impeachment hearings.

The president began his day by tweeting out supportive quotes from Wednesday's episode of "Fox & Friends" that all proclaimed the president's innocence.

"'Millions of Americans will see what a partisan sham this whole thing is.' Rush Limbaugh @foxandfriends," the president wrote. "The Democrats have stacked the deck against President Trump and the Republicans. They have leaked out everything. @SteveDoocy @foxandfriends."

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Florida student president facing impeachment for handing over $50K for Donald Trump Jr speech

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The student president at the University of Florida has been served with an impeachment resolution accusing him of misusing student fees to pay for a talk by Donald Trump Jr, reports the Washington Post.

According to the report, student body president Michael Murphy has been confronted by student senators over the fees based upon an email exchange Murphy had with a Trump campaign consultant discussing the appearance.

"The group of senators seeking Murphy’s impeachment argue that the Oct. 10 speaking engagement for Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle, his girlfriend, was funded with mandatory student fees in violation of rules banning the use of public students funds to support or oppose a 'political party at any level.'" the reports states. "In the eyes of critics, Murphy’s correspondence with the Trump fundraising consultant ahead of the event bolsters their case that Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle’s appearance was a campaign event."

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