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Fake Trap for the FOX

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ALABAMA – March 5, 2019

Fox News has repeatedly credited the stamp as Donald Trump's favorite media outlet, or the White House's chief propaganda mouthpiece. Moreover, according to some investigations, it was Fox journalists who were the focus of attention during Trump's speeches or official visits to the states. Whether this is true or not remains a mystery. One thing is clear though: Fox, and many other outlets, has repeatedly produced poor quality material with obvious lies.

In 2012, Fox had a segment about then-Senator Barack Obama as a possible covert Muslim extremist. The argument was that he had attended an Islamic madrassa (school) when he was 6. Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said madrassas are “financed by Saudis” and “teach this Wahhabism which pretty much hates us,” then declared, “The big question is: was that on the curriculum back then?” One person called in asking whether Obama’s schooling means that “maybe he doesn’t consider terrorists the enemy.” Fox anchor Brian Kilmeade responded, “Well, we’ll see about that.”

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The Fox hosts failed to correct the false claim that Obama is a Muslim. One caller, talking about Obama, said, “I think a Muslim would be fine in the presidency, better than Hillary. At least you know what the Muslims are up to.” Anchor Gretchen Carlson responded, “We want to be clear, too, that this isn’t all Muslims, of course, we would only be concerned about the kind that want to blow us up.”

Such an unfair accusation almost cost the journalists their jobs. As it turned out, according to Obama himself, as a child he spent four years in Indonesia with his step-father, a non-practicing Muslim, and his mother. Between ages 6 and 8, Obama attended a local Muslim school in Jakarta; after that, he was enrolled in a Roman Catholic school.

In his Dreams Of My Father book, Obama writes:

“In Indonesia, I’d spent 2 years at a Muslim school, 2 years at a Catholic school. In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Koranic studies. In the Catholic school, when it came time to pray, I’d pretend to close my eyes, then peek around the room. Nothing happened. No angels descended.”

In another book, The Audacity of Hope, Obama claims, “Without the money to go to the international school that most expatriate children attended, I went to local Indonesian schools and ran the streets with the children of farmers, servants, tailors, and clerks.”

Let's imagine what kind of relationship Barack Obama subsequently developed with Fox News. They were hardly friendly. Here is an example:

In 2018, Obama said he never had media relations until there were crazy lies being thrown about. In particular, he repeatedly complained about unfair treatment from conservative-leaning Fox News.

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Obama also denied ever retaliating against the news network despite their negative coverage of his administration: “It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don’t like. I complained plenty about Fox News — but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them enemies of the people.”

However, he did, in a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, accuse Fox News of caring more about trumpeting a particular point of view than being objective. “It’s a point of view,” Obama said, “that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.”

During the Acosta episode, a number of social media users claimed that the Obama administration had, in fact, “blocked” or “banned” Fox News reporters from White House press conferences:

In a November 2018 interview with Hill.TV, however, former Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett said that even though there was “never an effort to shut me out of the briefing room,” ongoing tensions between the Obama administration and Fox News hindered his ability to do his job.

The same was also earlier when for example under Obama’s decree, Fox News Sunday could not present when making the rounds of Sunday talk shows to discuss health care reform. Later in 2009, Obama spokesperson Josh Earnest admitted a willingness to exclude Fox News from interviews with top administration officials.

What’s more, the University of Minnesota’s Eric Ostermeier 2013 analysis found that Fox News reporters were called on far less often during White House press briefings than those of the other major television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN). This was confirmed in due time by CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett, who worked for Fox News at the time.

“The [Obama] White House said it was at war with Fox News. I was its most visible editorial representative on the White House grounds as a senior White House correspondent,” he continued.

“The White House would always pull me aside and say ‘well, really, Major, we’re not at war with you,’ and I said 'stop talking to me like that because when you’re at war with my network you by definition are questioning and assailing my journalistic credibility and the work I do here every day,’” he said. “’So don't tell me it's not about me, it is about me.’”

“Now, they never tried to pull my pass, but they had this sort of arms-length relationship to Fox and tried to demonize it on a daily basis. So that's another part of American history and journalism in the White House press corps I think at least should be noted at this moment,” he said.

All this was not counting the searches of a Fox News reporter in 2013 that Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) carried out in the framework of the investigation into national security leaks in 2009. Although he wasn’t the only journalist targeted in such an investigation, the Fox News correspondent was singled out as a possible “aider, abettor, and/or co-conspirator,” a fact which, according to the Post, “distinguishes his case from the probe of the AP, in which the news organization is not the likely target.”

Now under the Trump administration, most media say Fox News has become almost the President’s right hand in light of the coverage of events.

“After members of the press pool got out of vans and headed over to where the President was about to speak, they noticed that Sean Hannity, the Fox News host, was already on location. Unlike them, he hadn’t been confined by the Secret Service, and was mingling with Administration officials, at one point hugging Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of Homeland Security … After the photo op, Hannity had an exclusive on-air interview with Trump,” the New Yorker said in an article, referring to the day when, during the government shutdown, Trump rode in a motorcade through Hidalgo County, Texas, eventually stopping on a grassy bluff overlooking the Rio Grande.

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In this light, as we have previously said, the current state of affairs of Trump’s administration leaves much to be desired. Much is being done now on the eve of the presidential race 2020. It truly promises to be hot with accusations, behind-the-scenes games, and big money.

Author: USA Really