“I want to quit.”
One day in the near future, America could impeach the president and Fox News viewers would have no idea why. The conservative news network has become a mouthpiece for the Trump White House, treating the Robert Mueller investigation and potentially treasonous behavior by the president and associates as a “witch hunt.” To deflect from the turmoil in the White House, Fox has instead focused on a never-ending barrage of seemingly bogus Hillary Clinton scandals.
On Oct. 30, Mueller announced that charges were filed against three advisors to the Trump campaign: former chairman Paul Manafort, his long-time associate Rick Gates, and policy adviser George Papadopoulos. While Manafort and Gates are being charged with serious conspiracy and financial crimes, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and has since been working with investigators.
While CNN and MSNBC had wall-to-wall reporting of this dramatic turn in the investigation, Fox News buried coverage of the indictments under other stories, such as the ongoing NFL protests, a conservative-bubble scandal about an Obama-era uranium deal, and an emoji “controversy.” Fox’s downplaying of the story prompted one personality to lash out at the network in a text to CNN. “I’m watching now and screaming,” the Fox News employee said. “I want to quit.”
Paul Manafort just agreed to turn himself in to the FBI. What should we report on?— Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) October 30, 2017\n
Fox News: Hamburger emoji pic.twitter.com/Wjsvkb2coW
CNN: Paul Manafort indicted— Brad Ripka (@bradripka) October 30, 2017\n
MSNBC: Paul Manafort indicted
Fox News: EMOJI CHEESEBURGER CRISIS pic.twitter.com/EsuXgf9RQP
“It is another blow to journalists at Fox who come in every day wanting to cover the news in a fair and objective way,” a senior Fox News employee told CNN, adding there were “many eyerolls” in the newsroom. The person, under conditions of anonymity, added, “Fox feels like an extension of the Trump White House.”
Another Fox employee told CNN, “It’s an embarrassment. Frankly, there are shows on our network that are backing the president at all costs, and it’s that short-term strategy that undermines the good work being done by others.”
A Fox News representative commented on the CNN story saying that it covered the Mueller indictments “accurately and fairly across both news and opinion programming.”