Among the atrocities that Donald Trump visited upon the presidency is his utter disregard for institutional knowledge and professional expertise. His record of executive appointments is riddled with incompetents, some of whom never served a day in the field for which they were given managerial authority by Trump.
Trump himself is just such an amateur (dare we say apprentice), a government virgin who assumed office with nothing on his resume to recommend him for a job running massive bureaucracies. To the contrary, his past was rife with failure after failure of small businesses and vanity branding ventures. He was fueled by nothing but arrogance and ego as he asserted that he knew more than the generals, doctors, and economists who would report to him.
That standard of ignorance was hailed by Trump’s Ministry of Propaganda (aka Fox News). And their indifference to ineptitude is carrying over to their coverage of the incoming administration of Joe Biden. To illustrate that, Fox did a story about Biden’s communications team that faulted them for having experience in communications. But Fox wasn’t just concerned about relevant experience. They were also troubled that the “Biden WH communications team raises questions over revolving door with liberal networks:”
“A statement released Sunday touted that ‘for the first time in history, these communications roles will be filled entirely by women.’ But what also stood out was that several of the new members had deep ties with Democratic administrations as well as mainstream media outlets.”
Holy Shitake Mushrooms! Fox News has discovered communications staffers for a Democratic president who previously worked in communications and for Democrats. That’s what sent Fox News into a tizzy? It should be noted that each of the examples that Fox used in their story were actually people who have worked in similar jobs for previous administrations. They were not merely pundits or talk show hosts. They briefly held positions in the media as analysts in between regular gigs in government. They include…
- Jen Psaki, Biden’s Press Secretary, who previously served as White House Communications Director for Pres. Obama, and was a spokesperson for the Department of State.
- Symone Sanders, chief spokesperson for Kamala Harris, who previously served as national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign.
- Karine Jean-Pierre, Principal Deputy Press Secretary for Joe Biden, who previously served as regional political director for the Obama White House Office of Political Affairs.
However, what really makes this hypocrisy stand out is that Fox News never had a problem with the Trump administration using Fox as a “revolving door” recruiting station. Since Trump didn’t actually know anyone with relevant skills or experience in the critical government posts he had to fill, he plucked his staff from among the people he enjoyed watching on Fox. for instance…
- State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert
- Former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka
- Former National Security Advisor John Bolton
- White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp
- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson
- Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell
- Deputy National Security Advisor K. T. McFarland
That’s just a sampling of nearly two dozen Trump staffers poached from Fox News. Most of these Fox News hires were not assigned to media jobs in the White House. They served in national security, the Pentagon, and other cabinet departments. What’s more, Trump employed other Fox stars like Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs as his members of his “shadow” cabinet.
So while Fox never complained about its own inbred shills becoming Trump staffers in jobs that had nothing to do with the media, they are aghast at the notion of experienced media professionals performing media functions in the Biden administration. And that’s just the beginning of the torrent of criticism that Fox intends to rain down on all the other Biden appointees who actually have the ability to perform the jobs they are hired to do. It’s a concept that has been forgotten after four years of Trump’s circus of sycophants and supplicants.
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