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July 26, 2022

Trump Says “Fox & Friends” Has Gone to the “Dark Side”

Former President Donald Trump said that Fox News’s morning show Fox & Friends has “gone to the ‘dark side.'”

“@foxandfriends just really botched my poll numbers, no doubt on purpose,” Trump wrote on his social media app, Truth Social. “That show has been terrible — gone to the ‘dark side.’ They quickly quote the big Turning Point Poll victory of almost 60 points over the number two Republican, and then hammer me with outliers. Actually, almost all polls have me leading all Republicans & Biden BY A LOT.”

Trump was referencing the show’s coverage of a new poll from Turning Point USA, which showed the former president doing far better than every other potential GOP primary candidate.

“That is a little different than a couple of other polls we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks,” Fox News’s Steve Doocy said. “So it’s like the young people who are activists at that [Turning Point] event like the former president, but looking at these other polls, different answer.”

“If you look state by state, Ron DeSantis is showing tremendous strength in New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida,” co-host Brian Kilmeade added.

Trump’s post on Truth Social also included a dig at “RINO Paul Ryan,” who is on the Fox Corp. board.

“RINO Paul Ryan, one of the weakest and worst Speakers EVER, must be running the place,” Trump said.

The Fox News coverage comes shortly after the editorial board of the New York Post said that Trump has proved himself to be “unworthy” of another presidential term.

Business Insider referred to the outlet’s op-ed, published Friday, as a “stunning reversal of fortune for Trump.”

July 8, 2022

Tucker Carlson Addresses Accusations

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1777: Independent Vermont introduces a new constitution, prohibiting slavery.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed accusations of ties to white supremacist ideology, vehemently denying the claims.

“I’ve never had a white supremacist work for me. I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a white supremacist,” Carlson told Ben Smith, the Semafor co-founder and editor-in-chief, at an event on Thursday.

“I’m not sure what that means,” he added. “I know it’s a slur and the worst thing that a person can be. I don’t really understand the terms.”

Smith played a clip from an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight in which the host says Democrats are working to “replace” Americans with new voters from other countries. Critics say rhetoric like this amplifies the so-called “Great Replacement” theory.

“I have no empathy for people who derive their judgments about anything from 30-second clips on Media Matters,” Carlson responded, referencing the liberal watchdog group.

At one point during the tense interview, Smith asks Carlson why he’s “been flypaper for racists.”

“I believe that people are not defined by their race, any race,” Carlson said. “People are defined, their value is derived from the fact that they were, A, created by God, and, B, by what they do, by the choices they make. They’re not part of some larger group, they’re individuals. I believe in the individual, and I say that virtually every night.”

When asked what he’d say to critics who believe Carlson is racist, he said: “I don’t know what to say to you.”

“I’m stating my sincere views as reflected in my personal life and my professional life as clearly as I can,” Carlson said.

Carlson’s portion of the event starts at about the 1:08:04 mark in the video below:

May 18, 2022

Schumer Asks Fox News To Stop Amplifying “Great Replacement” Theory

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) penned a letter to Fox News leaders, calling on them to stop the “reckless amplification of the so-called ‘Great Replacement’ theory” on the network.

“I write to urge you to immediately cease the reckless amplification of the so-called ‘Great Replacement’ theory on your network’s broadcasts,” Schumer wrote to network executives in a letter published by the New York Times.

“For years, these types of beliefs have existed at the fringes of American life. However, this pernicious theory, which has no basis in fact, has been injected into the mainstream thanks in large part to a dangerous level of amplification by your network and its anchors,” Schumer wrote.

Schumer specifically named Fox News host Tucker Carlson in his letter as a proponent of the replacement theory.

“A recent New York Times investigation found that Tucker Carlson alone amplified this dangerous and unfounded theory in more than 400 episodes of his show.”

Carlson addressed the criticism on his show, denouncing the shooter as “racist, bitterly so” and called for the focus to be placed on the victims.

“There is only one answer to rising racial tension, and that is to de-escalate and do what we have done and tried to do for hundreds of years, which is work toward colorblind meritocracy, and treat people as human beings created by God, rather than as faceless members of interest groups that might benefit some political party or other,” Carlson said on his show.

“We have a moral duty to do this because all people have equal moral value, no matter what they look like. All lives matter. Period.”


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Read Senator Chuck Schumer’s Letter to Fox News About Tucker Carlson and Replacement Theory

March 15, 2022

Fox News Reporter Injured in Ukraine

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1783: In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful, and the threatened coup d’etat never takes place.

A Fox News journalist was injured in Ukraine while covering the invasion of Russian troops.

Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed that Benjamin Hall, the network’s State Department correspondent, was injured and is currently hospitalized.

“This is news that we hate to pass along to you, but it sometimes happens in the middle of a conflict,” host John Roberts said.

Roberts said the network was privy to “very few details” and that teams were “working to gather more information.”

“The safety of our Fox team is of the utmost importance and our highest priority,” Roberts said. “More on this as we get it.”  

Hall has been with the network since 2015. He has previously reported from the front lines in Syria and Iraq.

“Covering a war is dangerous business,” Fox News anchor Bret Baier said. “Please keep all of the crews on the ground – and the people there in your prayers – but today – especially Ben.” 

News of the incident comes days after American journalist Brent Renaud was killed in Ukraine while covering the Russian invasion.

Members of the Biden administration acknowledged Hall’s injury during briefings on Monday.

“Our thoughts, the president’s thoughts, our administration’s thoughts are with him, his family, and all of you at Fox News,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“We certainly wish him all the best a speedy recovery and a safe return,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “This is a war that didn’t need to be fought … [but] there are journalists from around the world on the ground trying to discover the truth and to show that truth and to tell these important stories.” 


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Fox News journalist injured in Ukraine

February 27, 2022

Fox News Host Says COVID Vaccine Saved His Life

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
2012: Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto returned to his show after an unexplained five-week absence, which had worried many viewers.

Cavuto told his Cavuto: Coast to Coast audience that his second bout of COVID-19 had landed him in the intensive care unit, where things were “touch and go” for some time.

The veteran anchor has multiple sclerosis and survived stage 4 cancer and open-heart surgery, meaning he’s one of the 3% of Americans with a weakened immune system who “cannot sustain the full benefits” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

But, he stressed, some defense was better than none.

“Let me be clear,” he said. “Doctors say had I not been vaccinated at all, I wouldn’t be here.”

Last October, Cavuto had his first bout with COVID-19 and received death threats after disclosing his diagnosis and urged viewers to get vaccinated.

Cavuto said that this time was a “far, far more serious strand, what doctors call COVID pneumonia” and that he was in the ICU for “quite a while.”

He had asked Fox to keep the illness private because he didn’t want to become the story — but felt he owed viewers an explanation for his prolonged absence. He also appeared to dismiss claims that his hospitalization was due to the vaccine itself, calling that a “grassy knoll theory.”

“Some of you who’ve wanted to put me out of my misery darn near got what you wished for,” he added.

“So, sorry to disappoint you! But no, the vaccine didn’t cause that … My very compromised immune system did.”


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Lauding vaccines, Fox’s Neil Cavuto says a 2nd bout of COVID nearly killed him

February 24, 2022

Watch: Kyle Rittenhouse To Sue Whoopi Goldberg

Kyle Rittenhouse revealed plans to sue the media outlets and pundits who called him a “murderer” or “white supremacist” in the coverage preceding his trial and subsequent acquittal.

Rittenhouse two men and wounded a third during confrontations amid anti-police protests in Kenosha in August 2020. He testified that he acted in self-defense. A jury acquitted him of all charges in November.

Rittenhouse told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he wants to hold major media outlets and figures “accountable,” specifically naming The View cohost Whoopi Goldberg.

“We are looking at quite a few politicians, celebrities, athletes, Whoopi Goldberg is on the list. She called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers. She went on to still say that, and there’s others,” Rittenhouse said.

“We’re going to hold everybody who lied about me accountable, such as everybody who lied called me a White supremacist,” he added.”

“They’re all going to be held accountable. And we’re going to handle them in a courtroom.”


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Kyle Rittenhouse to sue media outlets and personalities including Whoopi Goldberg for spreading ‘lies’

February 20, 2022

Hannity To Clinton: ‘Bring It On’

Fox News host Sean Hannity hit back at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, daring her to sue after she rebuked the network over its coverage of special counsel John Durham’s Trump-Russia probe.

“It’s funny, the more trouble Trump gets into, the wilder the charges and conspiracy theories about me seem to get,” Clinton said.

Clinton criticized the “conspiracy theories about me” in Fox’s coverage of the Durham probe.

“Fox leads the charge with accusations against me, counting on their audience to fall for it again,” she said.

“They’re getting awfully close to actual malice in their attacks,” Clinton said.

“Actual malice” is a legal standard a public figure must show when bringing a libel case against a defendant. The Supreme Court has ruled that “actual malice” means a defendant made a defamatory statement “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.”

Her words did not go unnoticed by Hannity, who blasted the remarks on his show.

“It’s called discovery and it’s called depositions,” he said.

“Bring it on. Malice? Really? It’s called news. Hillary, we invite you to bring it on. It’s from a legal filing we quoted exactly from the filing that was put in federal court.”


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Hannity slams Clinton over ‘actual malice’ comments: ‘Bring it on’

January 30, 2022

Former Fox News Star Signs with NBC

Stephen Hayes, a conservative political analyst who left Fox News last year, has joined NBC News.

NBC announced that Hayes, the CEO of the political news and commentary website The Dispatch, joined the network as a contributor and political analyst, making his first appearance on Sunday’s Meet The Press.

“I’ve known and worked with Steve Hayes on and off for nearly 25 years. He is a principled reporter and analyst who always puts truth and facts above emotion and sentiment … even when it comes to our beloved Green Bay Packers,” said NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd, who moderates Meet The Press.

Hayes will be a key contributor to NBC’s special political and election coverage, including this year’s midterms and the 2024 presidential election. 

Hayes and Jonah Goldberg announced they left Fox News in November 2021 over Tucker Carlson’s controversial docuseries about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.


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Conservative pundit who left Fox News signs with NBC

December 24, 2021

Fauci Says Fox News Host ‘Should Be Fired On the Spot’

Dr. Anthony Fauci says a prominent Fox News host should be fired following comments he made at a conservative conference encouraging attendees to ambush-interview the infectious disease expert with “kill shot” questions.

“Now you go in for the kill shot. The kill shot? With an ambush? Deadly. Because he doesn’t see it coming,” said Jesse Watters, a longtime Fox News personality and current co-host of The Five.

Watters’ comments came during the right-wing Turning Points USA conference where he provided students with a playbook on how to capture viral moments that Fox News and similar outlets would air.

“This is where you say Dr. Fauci you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab. The same lab that sprung this pandemic on the world. You know what people don’t trust you, don’t you?” said Jesse Watters, a longtime Fox News personality and current co-host of The Five.

“Boom. He is dead! His dead. He’s done. You do that 30 seconds, it’s all you need.” 

Social media critics panned Watters’ remarks, arguing they were incendiary and promoted violence.

During an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Fauci called Watters’ words “horrible.”

“That just is such a reflection of the craziness that goes on in society,” Fauci said. “And he’s gonna go, very likely, unaccountable … I mean whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything. I mean that’s crazy, the guy should be fired on the spot.” 

Fox News put out a statement, saying Watters’ words were “twisted completely out of context.”

“Based on watching the full clip and reading the entire transcript, it’s more than clear that Jesse Watters was using a metaphor for asking hard-hitting questions to Dr. Fauci about gain-of-function research,” the network said.


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Fauci calls for Fox News host to be fired ‘on the spot’ for ‘kill shot’ comments

December 14, 2021

Veteran Fox News Anchor Abruptly Defects to CNN

Veteran Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced he’s leaving the network after 18 years, effective immediately.

At the end of Fox News Sunday, Wallace said it would be his final episode.

“Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked, and they kept that promise,” the broadcaster said. Without offering specifics, he said his next venture would allow him to “go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in.”

Within hours of his announcement, CNN declared he would anchor a weekly interview show on its new subscription service, CNN+.

“After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming,” Wallace said in a statement. “I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape — and finding new ways to tell stories.”

Fox News Media released a statement, saying it was “extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of.”

Wallace, 74, is Fox News’s latest high-profile departure. Longtime commentators Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg resigned in November over what they called a pattern of incendiary and fabricated claims by the network’s hosts in support of former President Donald Trump. Both men cited Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 docuseries as their breaking point.

According to NPR, Fox News pushed to keep Wallace as his contract’s expiration loomed. Sources said his departure was a shock to D.C. journalists.


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Chris Wallace announces abrupt departure from Fox News to join CNN streaming service

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