Hillary: Do these people at Fox News realize I’m not president?
A leftover from last night. To answer her question, of course they know she’s not president. Except maybe for the 9 p.m. guy. He does seem a little iffy on the concept sometimes.
Consider this her consolation prize for losing the election, though. From here on out, every accusation of Clinton wrongdoing like the Uranium One deal and financing the Trump dossier can and will be spun as an unhealthy obsession of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” with someone who’s kinda sorta retired from politics. Apparently we’re not allowed to care about Clinton business anymore, even if it involves something like the dossier that’s part of the biggest ongoing political news story in the country. Move on. She’s a private citizen, damn it.
On the other hand, if you believe CNN’s Oliver Darcy, even some Foxies are bummed about the tone of their coverage lately. It’s one thing to cover Hillary news, it’s another to spin at 5,000 RPMs for the White House after the president’s former campaign manager was just indicted by the Russiagate special counsel.
“I’m watching now and screaming,” one Fox News personality said in a text message to CNN as the person watched their network’s coverage. “I want to quit.”
“It is another blow to journalists at Fox who come in every day wanting to cover the news in a fair and objective way,” one senior Fox News employee told CNN of their outlet’s coverage, adding that there were “many eye rolls” in the newsroom over how the news was covered.
The person said, “Fox feels like an extension of the Trump White House.”…
“It’s an embarrassment,” another Fox News employee echoed to CNN. “Frankly, there are shows on our network that are backing the President at all costs, and it’s that short term strategy that undermines the good work being done by others.”
Show of hands: Who thinks Shep Smith *isn’t* one of the people quoted there? Eh, I have no sympathy for any of them. The supposedly aggrieved people on the “news side” of Fox knew, or should have known, what would happen to primetime once Trump was elected and Megyn Kelly left. They like to whine anonymously about the “opinion side” but everyone knows who’s paying the bills. Most of the time the “news side” is perfectly content to roll with that. On a day like yesterday, when the 8-11 bloc feels like state media, they should have remembered to take the bitter with the sweet.
If I were Hillary, I’d worry less about Fox and more about Jeff Sessions investigating her, if only to take some heat off of Trump. Hannity’s already pushing the idea, in fact. Here she is last night musing about Fox’s recent infatuation with her as Mueller news circulates, along with Hannity accidentally referring to, er, “President Clinton” during his monologue.