Donald Trump’s BFFs over at Fox and Friends had quite the embarrassing morning when Daily Beast revealed copies of email exchanges between the network and their choice for guest on Tuesday morning’s show; the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt.
Thanks to the now publicly-available email messages, we can clearly see that Fox let Pruitt pick and choose the questions he would receive, Fox even revealed an entire segment to Pruitt, prior to his appearance.
Per Daily Kos:
‘Murray then copied producer Diana Aloi, saying she said she would follow up with “pre-interview questions on the agreed upon topic, the new direction of the EPA, and helping communities that were poorly served by the last administration.”
In subsequent emails, Aloi repeatedly sought “talking points” and the “top three priorities are for the EPA that Mr. Pruitt would like to discuss specifically.”
The very rehearsed script was eventually OK’ed by the EPA and made it to the final script for the Fox and Friends segment. Most people who are well-informed on news media and journalistic standards know that this back-and-forth, desperate attempt at ensuring all is “well,” “safe,” and won’t go against the interviewee’s agenda are not what good journalism is all about. To give credit where it’s due, sometimes Fox gets it right, such as in the example below:
Fordham University’s David Hawkins chimed in, declaring:
‘Every American journalist knows that to provide scripts or articles to the government for review before publication or broadcast is a cardinal sin. It’s Journalism 101.’
However, this is the Fox “News” network we’re talking about here, and since the beginning, they’ve been in Trump’s court, only barely scratching the surface of excellence as it relates to asking the Trump administration tough questions and holding truth to power. Trump dictates the news at Fox, just like true State TV.
Twitter seized on the fake news:
If you’d like to view the sycophantic emails for yourself, head over to Daily Beast. Grab a snack and your favorite beverage first, the content is cringe-worthy and borderline hilarious. And for a quick lesson from CNN on why Trump and Fox and Friends are BFF’s, check out this video:
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.