One of America’s most respected television journalists has just called out Fox News for going on a crusade to demean and discredit the legitimate criminal probes seeking to get to the bottom of just what transpired between the Donald Trump campaign and agents of the Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
NBC‘s Tom Brokaw slammed the Republican shills at Fox News — excluding Shep Smith — for the non-stop cooking up of baseless conspiracy theories to distract unwitting conservatives.
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Fox News’ coverage has entirely gone off the rails. The network has given a platform to a Florida House Republican with seven DUI arrests to attack the FBI, a neo-Alex Jones conspiracy theorist and even playing up absurd talk of a “coup” by Mueller’s criminal investigators.
This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, legendary journalist Tom Brokaw laid out the situation in stark terms:
[Trump] watches Fox News because it reinforces what he believes.
Fox News – after Shepard Smith in the late afternoon – is on a jihad right now… on the transfer of uranium [to Russia]… Shep Smith has gone in some detail to say, ‘it did not happen.’ ‘She did not have the authority to do that.’
That ends at 4:30 or 5 and from then on, the assault is on the institutions.
The latest conspiracy theory to migrate from Fox News into the Oval Office and thereby into the federal government’s hands is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ politicization of the Department of Justice by reopening the closed investigation into the “Uranium One” deal, the sale of a Canadian mining company during the Obama administration and approved by nine different federal agencies – including Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
But Republicans need oxygen from the national coverage on Fox News to breathe life into their Uranium One non-scandal which is now the new “but her emails” non-scandal which was begotten by the Benghazi non-scandal which has only been investigated seven times and nothing materially wrong found to have happened, in voluminous detail.
Fox’s replacement for unrepentant sex predator Bill O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson is so busy ignoring the Russia investigation, that he’s trying to turn the entire Trump presidency into a referendum on… Hillary Clinton’s polling numbers.
We’re over 11 months into the Trump Administration and multiple Congressional investigations, a massive federal criminal probe, and multiple state inquiries are bearing down on the President’s outrageous acts.
Fox News is showing its true colors by loudly and frequently departing from reality and blatantly misleading viewers at every turn, rather than just reporting the facts about a toxic brew of criminality wafting out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and respecting difficult work that investigators at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue that are doing every day.
Fox News is cable television’s Red State, which is to say, living in a state of constant denial of reality.
Tom Brokaw: 'Fox News … Is On A Jihad' To Protect Trump pic.twitter.com/DyL8Pmw0cU
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) December 21, 2017