The Republican shills at Fox News are becoming increasingly unhinged as their anointed candidate falls farther behind in the polls. Donald Trump’s new “presidential” persona isn’t helping him attract voters. In fact, his appeal to African-Americans actually offended many with his stereotyping of them as poor, unemployed, and uneducated. Not to mention his backhanded slam that they are gullible waifs being duped by the evil Democrats.
So what is a blatantly biased GOP PR machine to do when their electoral messiah falls off the cross? Nail him back up, of course. And that’s what Fox is doing with yet another primetime special produced and hosted by their Senior Trump Fluffer, Sean Hannity. Last week Hannity held a Trump infomercial in Milwaukee that was billed as a town hall. Following that The Donald’s ship hit another iceberg as his campaign staff fell apart. The leadership void was filled by the chairman of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon, a favorite of the American white nationalist movement.
All of that bad news took some of the punch out Hannity’s promo. Consequently, he’s scheduled another town hall for tomorrow night in Austin, TX, to make up for it. Apparently this is a new weekly series offered by Fox News featuring the wingnut duo “Donny and Seany” (Marie is busy selling diet shakes). On the nights when Trump is not a guest, he will still be the main attraction. Hannity already spends every episode reciting love poems to Donny and attacking his nemesis, Hillary Clinton. And he’s getting lots of help from Fox News on that score.
UPDATE: This is even worse than I thought. The town hall in Austin will be a two night affair (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Hannity’s involvement with Trump’s campaign is growing more complex. He’s always been the top provider of airtime to Trump, and now reports say he is also serving as an adviser. Media analyst Jim Rutenberg writes in the New York Times that:
“Mr. Hannity uses his show on the nation’s most-watched cable news network to blare Mr. Trump’s message relentlessly — giving Mr. Trump the kind of promotional television exposure even a billionaire can’t afford for long.
“But Mr. Hannity is not only Mr. Trump’s biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser. Several people I’ve spoken with over the last couple of weeks said Mr. Hannity had for months peppered Mr. Trump, his family members and advisers with suggestions on strategy and messaging.”
Sean Hannity has already announced on the air his endorsement for Trump and intention to vote for him. Now it appears that he is also working for the campaign as a political operative (along with his ex-boss Roger Ailes). And Fox News permits this flagrantly biased behavior. There is no precedent for a news network turning over so much of its schedule to one candidate. It is wholly inappropriate and a breach of journalistic ethics. As noted previously, if the Federal Elections Committee had any integrity they would cite Fox for violating campaign finance laws. They should be forced to declare this an in-kind contribution to Trump’s campaign.
How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Cult of Ignorance.
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Many people are speculating that Trump’s presidential ambitions have been a scam from the start. Media watchers from Vanity Fair to the New Yorker say that his real goal is to launch his own cable network. That may be true, and he has been assembling a team (Ailes, Bannon, Hannity) that could serve as a starting roster. However, there is a far greater likelihood of failure than success for such a venture, as I detailed here two months ago. Trump would just be adding to the list of his business debacles should he attempt this. Therefore, he has my blessing.
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Is this legal? There should be an FEC complaint.
I actually agree with Mark this time about Sean Hannity. I have had enough with these Trump surrogates who are now resorting to slandering and insulting Never-Trump conservatives like me. So I no longer listen to Hannity on radio or watch him on TV. Ever. Ditto for Laura Ingraham.
Where ya been Scott? We’ve missed you. Apparently you got some sense while you’ve been away. 🙂
It’s still worth pointing out that This Is The Trump That You Built.
Never Trumpers may claim they are against him. Yet they hold the same beliefs that he claimed as his campaign platform.
If this wasn’t the case the movement would have formed long before Trump got anywhere near the nomination.
There seems to be a fear to confront the problem of Donald Trump directly. He is a pathological liar, self absorbed megalomaniac who believes it is impossible for him to be fallible in any way and or win anything. At the same time there is mountains of evidence of his crooked deals, screwing of employees and contractors, and his seeming ability to walk away from it all unscathed. Is it a fear by the big networks? I am still waiting for that big 60 Minutes like piece that shows how this buffoon is nothing but a cartoon character and carnival barker. What is it going to take? Is it more important to the media who used to strive to show us the real character of the candidates and their history to instead hope for a Trump win and an endless montage of his foibles in office, ruining everything he touches as he destroys America? I am saddened by the path of the media and their softball treatment of this moron. I appreciate Newscorpse for not following that same path.
yes ,Newscorpse certainly follows the TRUTH runnings,HA HA HA!!
On the bright side, when Trump goes down, he’ll take his loving network with him. Tick tock.
A prediction: After Trump loses in a landslide, the Murdoch Boys (James and Laughlin) will use it as an excuse to clean house at Fox News. Gone will be Hannity, O’Reilly, and anyone else who openly hitched his wagon to Trump, and they will be replaced with shows more friendly to the younger demographic that the Murdoch Boys realize are necessary to the survival of the network. Rupert will resign, and James or Laughlin will take over.
Another prediction: When Trump loses, the entire right wing will make excuses about how he was not conservative enough, or blame him (while he blames them for the same) for the loss.
….while conveniently forgetting how they embraced him so completely and changing NOTHING about themselves.
Rinse and repeat for 2020.
And, of course don’t forget the lawsuit Der Drumpfenfuhrer will file against … actually, I don’t know who precisely Der Drumpfenfuhrer will sue, but of course it’s TOTALLY THEIR FAULT that he lost!!
He can add his lawsuit to the ones that several state governors have filed on Obama regarding PP.
Join the rest of the garbage in the same dump.
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