The uncommonly tight integration of Fox News to the Republican Party has been conspicuously apparent for years. It was, in fact, its intended purpose when it was concocted by a right-wing media baron (Rupert Murdoch) and a GOP media consultant (Roger Ailes). There was never any question that it would serve to advance the goals of the ultra-conservative cabal that built it and populated its program schedule.
However, it recent years that political partnership grew even closer as Fox News fused ever more tightly to the personality cult of Donald Trump. The worshipful devotion to the former reality TV game show host, and twice impeached crime family boss, was central to the editorial slant of every story Fox produced. And the unflinching faithfulness exhibited by the network’s apostles of Trumpism was on display 24/7.
That wholly unethical relationship has now been affirmed in the words of the Trump disciples and their interactions with his closest associates. CNN has published text messages that were exchanged between Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and numerous Fox News Trump-fluffers. According to CNN…
“Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Fox’s Sean Hannity exchanged more than 80 text messages between Election Day 2020 and Joe Biden’s January 2021 inauguration, communications that show Hannity’s evolution from staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump’s election lies to being “fed up” with the “lunatics” hurting Trump’s cause in the days before January 6.” […]
“While the logs show Meadows communicating with multiple Fox personalities, as well as a number of journalists from other organizations, Hannity stands out with 82 messages.” […]
“In addition to Hannity, Fox’s Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Maria Bartiromo and Brian Kilmeade all sent messages to Meadows as well.”
The perverse affection that Hannity has for Trump stands out, even among a pack of rabid Trumpists. His communications with Meadows reveal their scheming to orchestrate Trump’s occupation of the White House.
Following the election, Hannity and Meadows continued pursuing the “Big Lie” that the election was “rigged,” and sought to manufacture evidence of voting fraud. That was evident in this exchange…
Hannity: I’ve had my team digging into the numbers. There is no way Biden got these numbers. Just mathematically impossible. It’s so sad for this country they can pull this off in 2020. We need a major breakthrough, a video, something.
Meadows: You’re exactly right. Working on breakthrough.
Hannity: Ok. Would be phenomenal.
Hannity also disclosed that he had produced an advertisement for Trump. “I was screaming about no ads from Labor Day on,” Hannity complained. “I made my own they never ran it.” Shortly thereafter Meadows asked Hannity for the phone number of Fox’s CEO so that he could talk to her secretly. “Send me Suzanne Scott’s number if you can,” Meadows texted. “I can call through switchboard but that makes it a bigger deal.”
Hannity urged Meadows to engage more with Fox News. “You also need to spend at least half your time doing business with us.” Presumably so that he could get more pithy political assessments like this: “I am not particularly optimistic for the future. Biden is a semi conscious corpse, and he will be controlled by a very radical left wing element.”
Joining Hannity in this text-fest was his Fox colleague, Maria Bartiromo. She actually texted Meadows the questions she intended to ask Trump prior to her post-election interview. Bartiromo wrote…
“Hi the public wants to know he will fight this. They want to hear a path to victory. & he’s in control. 1Q You’ve said MANY TIMES THIS ELECTION IS RIGGED… And the facts are on your side. Let’s start there. What are the facts? Characterize what took place here.”
And this is the nearly verbatim question that Bartiromo asked Trump…
“Mr. President, you have said many times that this election was rigged, that there was much fraud, and the facts are on your side. Let’s start there. Please go through the facts, characterize what took place.”
Text from Maria feeding Meadows a question and video of her asking Trump the question on her show pic.twitter.com/69i7CFEs8U
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 30, 2022
These texts are further proof that Fox “News” is not – and never has been – a news network. They are a propaganda machine for Trump and the GOP. If Rachel Maddow had been discovered coordinating with President Biden and Democrats in this fashion, MSNBC would have fired her immediately. But don’t hold your breath expecting Hannity, Bartiromo, or anyone else at Fox being fired, reprimanded, or even tenderly slapped on the wrist. It’s more likely they will get a raise and a promotion.
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