This week the twice-impeached Donald Trump was indicted for the third time for serious felonies against the United States. That brings the total count of the charges against him to 78. Which is a remarkable achievement considering that second place for the number charges against a president is a 45 way tie of zero counts.
The latest batch of crimes in the new indictment charge Trump with: conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of an official proceeding; and conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted. Trump’s defense is the same one he has been yammering about since his first indictment. It consists mainly of insulting the Justice Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland, special counsel Jack Smith, and of course President Biden. What his defense is conspicuously lacking is, well, a defense.
Trump’s new indictment also mentions six of his close associates as unindicted co-conspirators. They are not named in the indictment, but it is pretty clear who most of them are. Five of them have been identified in the press as Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jeffrey Clark, Kenneth Chesebro, and an unknown political consultant. Interestingly, all of the known co-conspirators have been Trump’s legal advisors.
However, there is another co-conspirator that wasn’t mentioned in the indictment, but that deserves more scrutiny. And that is Fox News. Examining each of the counts charged in Trump’s indictment reveals that Fox News is just as guilty of those crimes as Trump. For instance…
Conspiracy to defraud the United States:
Trump has spent nearly three years claiming falsely that the 2020 election was “rigged and stolen” from him. He has never been able to provide a shred of evidence to support his claims. But Fox News has regurgitated his lies faithfully the whole time. Their dishonesty resulted in having to agree to settle a defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems for 3/4 of a billion dollars.
Conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding:
Trump and his team plotted to overturn the election results by soliciting slates of fake electors who would cast their Electoral College votes for Trump, against the will of the voters. Several of Fox’s hosts (i.e. Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Maria Bartiromo) were on board with that plot and encouraged Trump to pursue it.
Obstruction of an official proceeding;
Trump’s efforts to interfere with the constitutionally mandated duties of Congress to certify the election outcome resulted in the violent insurrection on January 6th, 2021. The riots that ensued caused Congress to shut down its proceedings as their members and staff, and even Trump’s Vice-President Mike Pence, fled for their lives.
Conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted:
All of Trump’s activities from election day November 3, 2020, until the the January 6th insurrection and beyond, were intended to deprive American voters of their right to have the candidate of their choice assume office. He even threatened the governor of Georgia (and other state officials) with prosecution if he didn’t “find” 11,870 more votes for Trump. And Fox News aided and abetted Trump every step of the way.
While the responsibility for these offenses against America and democracy lies primarily with Trump, it is impossible to separate Fox News from the conspiracy and the crimes. Although Trump was the criminal boss, he could not have gotten as far as he did without Fox News.
Trump’s lies about 2020 election fraud, his plots to undermine democracy, his inciting of an insurrection, his pressuring of state election officials to change vote counts, all contributed to his attempted coup, and were all backed by Fox News. And it is not insignificant that many of the January 6th defendants have cited Fox News as justification for their actions. But on Fox News those rioters were heralded as heroes and/or victims.
For all of the reasons stated above, it would be appropriate for Fox News to be included in the prosecution of Trump and his crimes against the United States. Fox principles like Rupert Murdoch and Suzanne Scott, along with hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jesse Watters, Maria Bartiromo, and others, should be held to account for their anti-American actions. They are more than disseminators of propaganda. They are co-conspirators and traitors.
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