Fox News’ 5 steps for handling a Trump scandal
and it should worry anyone who cares about trying to hold the president accountable. It's been a hell of a week. First there was the Russia leak. The Washington Post reports that
Trumpreveals highly classified information during a White House meeting with the Russian ambassador. Not good. The next day, the Comey memo. The New York Times reports that a memo by former FBI director James Comey describes
Trumpasking him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, which sounds a lot like obstruction of justice. Both stories are damning, they're confirmed by multiple
newsorganizations, and they come amid growing concerns about
Trump's ties to Russia and his abrupt firing of Comey. By any reasonable measure, this all looks very very bad for the White House, but that's not what you see on Fox
News. Fox spent the week masterfully deflecting focus away from
Trump. And though the Russian leak and Comey memo
scandals are very different, Fox handles both stories basically the same way. Attack the story. Raise doubts in the viewers mind about the credibility of the reporting. For the Russian leak, this meant calling the story a conspiracy theory. Mainstream media starts launching many conspiracy theories. Criticizing the story's anonymous sources. All the Washington Post sources are anonymous I don't know how credible those sources are. So many anonymous sources with literally no accountability. Outside sources and sources from Mars apparently. Calling it fake...
news. Bogus fake
newsstory it's fake
newsand parroting the White House's talking points. Ok, it was denied by the
Trumpadministration officials and McMaster has said absolutely that did not happen. Do you thinks that the Washington Post moved too fast? For the Comey memo, it meant suggesting the story was made up. A so-called memo magically surfacing in the New York Times. Criticizing anonymous sources. These unnamed sources, is this a way to would be reporting the
news? And just saying I don't believe it. Risking that much politically or otherwise around general Flynn, I just can't see it. You could write anything in a memo, it doesn't mean it was right. That seems highly unlikely For the Russian leak, that meant going after the Washington Post. The Washington Post, just like the rest of the destroy-
Trumpmedia, has no credibility. It's just an extension of the DNC. Completely unreliable. For the Comey memo, that meant going after Comey. Jim Comey has major credibility problems. But had nothing to do with the good of the country, it only had to do with his own ass being fired. That what James Comey was doing tonight? Seeking revenge? Comey is a little bit of a drama queen. This is very Mean Girls by the way. And in both cases, it meant obsessing about the leakers who are talking to reporters in the first place. The real story here is who's leaking to the press. Who is leaking? Leaks. Constant leaks. What do we do about the leaks? The leaks are...
a bigger story than the substance of what is leaked. You're saying President
Trumpis under attack by the deep state intelligence community. The deep state. Deep state. You're worried about the deep state leaking. Blame the media for covering the story. Would any other administration get this kind of scrutiny? This is something that every Republican President has to deal with, the press is against them Does their hate for President
Trumpcloud their ability to bring you the facts? Attack Hillary Clinton. It was their own presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who severely mishandled classified information. Where the fake
newsmedia back then? And Barack Obama. Why the hell not? And if we want to talk about obstruction what about President Obama? Let's see the documents about President Obama. I want to see the Obama Comey memos. And when all else fails... Just dismiss the story entirely. The way people are reacting is if the world is coming to a close because of what may or may not have been reported. It's like a three days story if it's true. I don't think there's a lot in here. It's a boring
scandal. What's wrong with revealing some highly classified information to the Russians? Why wouldn't the President of the United States share that with Russia? Right, it makes it easier for Russia to figure out who our ally is, although you gotta figure a Russian as well all our allies are anyway. And what even is "obstruction of...
justice" anyway? "I hope you can let it go" he's not directing him to let it go. He just said "I hope", he didn't say I command you or I order you to do that. "I would hope", that's not the same. It's just not. If you understand language, it's not. Fox's entire strategy for dealing with
scandals is to downplay the significance. But if every story is Watergatem, is any story Watergate? Make the audience suspicious of the media. They've succumbed to
trumphatred, that is so intense it has destroyed their judgment and in some cases affected their character. And then deflect their attention to literally anything else. The world is a very complicated place, what you think is happening often really isn't happening. If you're not a regular Fox viewer it's easy to roll your eyes and laugh at this stuff, but imagine if you were. Imagine if Fox
Newswere your main source of information and
newsevery day. For a huge portion of
Trumpsupporters, that's the reality. They get their
newsprimarily from Fox, which means that even powerful, well-sourced and incredibly damning reporting about
Trump's behavior might not be enough to change his supporters minds about him. There are obviously a lot of people in high places in Washington who will do anything they can to undermine his position. It just doesn't penetrate the Fox
Newsecho chamber. The destroy
Trumppropaganda media, they have been...
working around the clock to smear, slander, besmirch, character assassination. And if you're hoping that Congress will pose some check on