Donald Trump’s Fox lackeys are frantically scrambling to defend him following the revelation of a whistleblower complaint regarding a promise to a foreign leader. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Trump pushed Ukraine’s president at least eight times to work with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for an investigation into Joe Biden’s son.
Fox News was slow to pick up on the story initially. While other networks covered bombshell revelations for hours starting Wednesday night, Fox News talked about it for just a few minutes. Rush Limbaugh gave a blanket defense of Trump during the day on Thursday, saying that Trump can say what he wants to anyone.
By Thursday evening, the Fox puppets started to roll out the propaganda. Sean Hannity claimed that the whistleblower had a “political agenda” — even though we still don’t know who the person was or even the full scope of their report. Lou Dobbs suggested the complaint is “pure nonsense.” Laura Ingraham called the entire story a distraction.
On Friday, the Fox sycophants went all-in against the story. A Fox & Friends co-host called Trump’s reported actions just part of “The Art of the Deal.” Geraldo Rivera called the whistleblower “a deep state punk snitch”. Jesse Watters called the whistleblower a snake. Fox so-called “straight news” correspondent Ed Henry said, seriously, that the story may be overblown because a “senior administration official” assured him there was no story here. Sean Hannity said that he was told that no crime occurred and then also accused the whistleblower of breaking the law.
The Fox puppets also began to lie about the seriousness of the charge. Both Fox puppet Brian Kilmeade and Fox guest puppet Matt Whitaker (the lame former acting U.S. attorney general) claimed that the whistleblower’s complaint was just a policy disagreement with Trump. That claim is demonstrably false given that the intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson has said the whistleblower’s complaint is valid.
It’s still early to say where this is going for sure (but just this morning, Trump admitted on camera that he discussed the Bidens with the Ukrainian president), all indications are that Fox News wants to flip this and turn this into a story about Joe Biden — instead of a story about Trump once again inviting a foreign power to interfere in an American election. Even worse, there are signs that elite mainstream media will be only happy to join in and help Trump.
Giuliani: In the middle of all of this, Trump’s personal attorney and frequent Fox News guest Rudy Giuliani went on CNN, where he melted down in an interview with Chris Cuomo, conforming that he asked Ukraine to look into Joe Biden. Fox News covered up for Giuliani by cutting the video to omit Trump’s attorney contradicting himself. The next day, Sean Hannity said that State Department officials asked Giuliani to contact Ukraine for an “official mission.”
This shit never ends and the media is partly to blame because of their never-ending quest to be fair and balanced and claim both sides do it. What do you get when you balance truth with lies? We don’t know, but we damn certain it’s no longer the truth.
Original story in Media Matters