Before she had even stopped working for Donald Trump, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had already been hired by Fox News. It was an easy transition since she would be doing essentially the same job: Lying about Trump and other right-wing politicians and policies.
Today McEnany is a co-host of Fox’s Outnumbered where four partisan, conservative women agree fervently with a conservative male guest. On Friday’s episode they did a segment on CNN anchor, Chris Cuomo, who was reported to have given advice to his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. With all of the nonsense that Fox News has tried desperately to whip up into scandals, this one actually has some basis to it. While it is understandable that brothers would talk to each other, Chris should not have directly worked with Andrew and his statehouse staff.
That said, McEnany’s outrage over the issue was another nail in the coffin of irony. Her comments demonstrated that she is utterly lacking in both self-awareness and language skills. She said that…
“I agree with [Kyle Smith] at the New York Post, who said CNN now stands for the ‘Cuomo Nepotism Network.’ It is laughable that he did not either get fired or, in the very least, disciplined because there’s a lot more to this [Washington] Post story about him advising his brother on the sexual assault allegations.”
Let’s start with the fact that McEnany doesn’t know what the word “nepotism” means. It is the practice of favoring family members in employment. Chris and Andrew Cuomo are, of course, related, but they do not work for or with each other. So there is no nepotism whatsoever by CNN.
You might think McEnany would know this having worked for Trump, who gave his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, cushy White House jobs. To this day no one knows what the heck they did. Trump also hired the sons of his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and his Attorney General, Bill Barr. All of those hires are classical examples of nepotism. Meanwhile, her new boss, Fox News, gave the coveted position of White House correspondent to Peter Doocy, son of Fox and Friends co-host, Steve Doocy.
In addition to McEnany’s stunted vocabulary, she is also complaining about a news anchor inappropriately counseling a powerful politician. But she must know that her colleagues at her new employer, Fox News, regularly advised Trump. Sean Hannity was said to talk with Trump on the phone every night before bedtime. Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro, were also frequent advisors to Trump, and some even attended his traveling cult rallies.
The bottom line is that McEnany got everything wrong. She was wrong about accusing CNN of nepotism. And she was wrong not to notice that her old boss was guilty of it. And she was wrong to pretend that Fox News anchors weren’t far more involved with Trump on a political basis than Chris Cuomo ever was with Andrew. And she has no problem with lying about anything and everything. Which all goes to prove that Fox News knew what they were doing when they hired her. She is the perfect manifestation of everything that is wrong with Fox News.
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