The Washington Post‘s media critic Erik Wemple took Fox News to task Monday in a new column where he trashed the network for letting host Jeanine Pirro stump for Trump at Mar-A-Lago.
“The race to the bottom at Fox News has hit the homestretch,” he wrote Tuesday. “So long as Hannity has set the standard for ethical corruption with direct support to Trump World, how can the network even consider stopping someone like Pirro from speaking at an event from which the president profits?”
Pirro appeared at an event for President Trump at his private club Mar-A-Lago over the weekend, the Post reported. Around 700 people paid between $300 and $1000 each to hear the Fox News personality speak, which Wemple finds objectionable, especially since “the money would all go to the president’s club.”
“The galas demonstrate that Trump supporters, at the direction of some creative and motivated organizers, will travel and pay premium ticket prices to celebrate the president, who delivered a video statement to the fete,” Wemple wrote.
“And they also demonstrate that Fox News has little compunction about its transactional relationship with Trump, which goes back years,” he continued. “Starting in 2011, the network pulled in Trump for Monday morning exclusives on Fox & Friends, which padded the ratings and helped the longtime real estate mogul test his political ideas with little resistance from the hosts.”
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