In the world of Fox News, Clinton is covered like a shadow president.
It’s been well over a year since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, but in the alternative reality of Fox News, she lurks like a shadow president.
While Trump is the subject of an investigation into his administration’s potentially treasonous ties to Russia, Fox says the real collusion story is Clinton. The network also bashed her for her “low approval ratings,” attempted to tie her to the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy, and chastized her for a Russian uranium deal she had nothing to do with.
“Late Night” host Seth Meyers may have said it best:
“Fox News would much rather talk about Hillary than Donald Trump. That’s because the right in the Trump era doesn’t have coherent principles or an ideology — it just has enemies. Which is why they prefer to inhabit an alternate reality where Hillary Clinton is president.”
Clinton joked about the network’s obsession with her at a Wing workplace panel discussion in New York.
“I said something publicly a few months ago, Fox News is always trying to impeach me, so someone needs to tell them that it doesn’t apply to a private citizen,” she said to a roar of laughter.
Clinton also discussed the constant lies and conspiracy theories that have surrounded her since the ‘90s. “I would hope that we can change the political culture,” she said. “Because I don’t want anybody going through that. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how much I agree or disagree with you. To be lied about persistently, to be vilified is very harmful.”
Like a triggered dog reacting to a squirrel running across a power line, Fox News overreacted to her comments, proving Clinton’s point.
“Fox & Friends First” called Clinton’s joke a “post-election rant” and accused her for playing the “women’s card” when she called Vladimir Putin a “misogynist.” (Which he is.)
Later in the day, “The Five” said Clinton “Lashed out” at Fox News and Jesse Waters complained: “I don’t even know what to say about her anymore. I really don’t. We’ve run out of things to say about her.”
Hopefully Waters, and the rest of the network, have ran out of things to say about Clinton. Maybe now they can turn a critical eye to the actual president.