In liberal/progressive media outlets, Fox News is often depicted as a propaganda agency for President Donald Trump — and, to be sure, the right-wing cable news channel offers overtly pro-Trump coverage more often than not. However, there are some at Fox News who aren’t shy about criticizing the president when they believe it is warranted, including Judge Andrew Napolitano and Chris Wallace. And journalist Gabriel Sherman, in a December 11 article for Vanity Fair, explains that when it comes to impeachment, Trump is furious that Fox News “only” supports him most of the time rather than supporting him 100% of the time.
A source Sherman describes as a “former West Wing official” told Vanity Fair, “He’s pissed. He thinks Fox screwed him.”
Fox News’ evening opinion hosts — including Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity — have been relentless Trump cheerleaders, mindlessly echoing Trump’s talking point that the impeachment efforts of House Democrats are nothing more than a shameless partisan attack and are devoid of merit. But Napolitano and Wallace, although right-of-center politically, have delved into the actual facts surrounding Trump, impeachment and the Ukraine scandal — and Trump isn’t happy about it.
Sherman explains, “The network’s legal commentator, Judge Andrew Napolitano, declared Trump’s defiance of Congress ‘an impeachable offense’ — a position that directly contradicted the House Republicans’ handpicked witness, George Washington University law scholar Jonathan Turley. Trump has also been engaged in a running war with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace; after Trump tweeted last month that Wallace was ‘nasty,’ fellow Foxer Neil Cavuto rushed to Wallace’s defense.”
Trump, in response, has bashed Fox News on Twitter for being — as he sees it — an inconsistent part of his right-wing anti-impeachment defense team. Sherman notes that on December 8, Trump tweeted, “Don’t get why @FoxNews puts losers on like @RepSwalwell (who got ZERO as presidential candidate before quitting), Pramila Jayapal, David Cicilline and others who are Radical Left Haters? The Dems wouldn’t let @FoxNews get near their bad ratings debates, yet Fox panders. Pathetic!”
A Fox News employee, interviewed by Vanity Fair on condition of anonymity, said of Trump and impeachment, “He’s clearly worried we’re really going to cover this fairly, and he’s starting to freak. This is about keeping us in line.”
MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’
MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.
Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.
Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.
George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’
Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.
"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."
"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."
Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses
Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.
According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.
"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."