Fox News goes more than 14 hours without mentioning White House staffer accused of beating wives
A senior White House official resigned Wednesday afternoon over domestic assault allegations from both of his ex-wives — but Fox News went more than 12 hours without mentioning his name.
Rob Porter will leave his position as White House staff secretary as early as Thursday after his ex-wives went public with their claims — which they each told the FBI about during the official’s background check before taking the government job.
Fox News broke the news of his resignation during “Outnumbered,” and the conservative network also reported the announcement during three afternoon and evening programs, according to a search using the TV Eyes database.
The network last mentioned Porter’s name at 6:08 p.m., when chief White House correspondent John Robert reported that other top administration officials were aware of the abuse allegations before they were reported in the media.
But none of the Fox News prime time programs discussed Porter’s departure or the abuse allegations Wednesday evening, and “Fox & Friends” didn’t mention his name during the first two hours of its broadcast.
That’s a 14-hour gap and counting.
By contrast, MSNBC and CNN each devoted segments to the allegations against Porter and discussed chief of staff John Kelly’s defense of him — even after the claims were made public.