Donald Trump, FOX, Sean Hannity discussed on Fresh Air

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I mean, what if what you're reporting is true. What ethics did the Fox News people break by leaking list? Trump. Well, I mean, if it's a form of cheating, basically, it's a putting a thumb on the scale for one candidate in particular, and it's engaging in politics not journalism. I mean, they're supposed to be a line between being the press and being part of somebody's campaign. And and and and in the past actually, it's interesting to me that FOX has laid down that line in twenty as as recently as twenty ten I mean, FOX has always been a partisan network. It was it was founded to be kind of a conservative alternative to the mainstream media. But but a journalistic operation it, you know, it had its own motto, which was fair and balanced. And but it's changed according to a number of people, and what I was saying was is as recently as twenty ten. When it laid down the line and reprimanded, Sean Hannity for crossing it. Sean Hannity was going to appear on the stage doing a fundraiser for the tea party. And he got in a lot of trouble for doing that. And Roger Ailes said, we're not schilling for the tea party or any other party, and Rupert Murdoch himself said I don't think we should be supporting any party, including the tea party, and they kind of hung Hannity out there for doing it. But when he crossed that line again in two thousand sixteen FOX just. Issued a very kind of limp statement. And it seems like there were no repercussions. What what was the line that he crossed well, so in the very end of the midterm campaign. Right. But the night before the election was a grand final rally, and Sean Hannity was called onto the stage by Donald Trump, and he hopped up there and join Trump and was praising him as if he was a member of the Trump campaign himself and not only did he prays Trump standing up there with him. But then he castigated the other members of the press calling them fake media, and that actually even included reporters from Fox News. So there was a, you know, huge hullaballoo within the press where reporters felt like that line had been crossed. But FOX really didn't seem to it. It it is a very sort of milk, toast, reprimand, and and and. Moved on toward the end of the the piece you write about how Fox News has been preparing for the release of the mullahs report and a guest on Laura Ingraham's show Joseph Degen ova who's a lawyer who's been a frequent guest over the years on Fox News. He said it's going to be total war. And as I say to my friends, I do two things I vote and I buy guns. That's right. And I think you know, that that it's potentially very dangerous the way that FOX has talked up anger in the base to try to suggest that if law enforcement were ever to close in on President Trump that they should do something like take to the streets, and maybe even turned to violence. I mean, it's an extraordinary situation to have the single largest cable news operation in the country, airing those kinds of sentiments so in in your report. For your New Yorker story on Fox News in the Trump administration. You spoke to several people who had been apart of Fox News in various capacities..

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