Tag: Journalists

Fox News follows up Buttigieg town hall by smearing him

Fox & Friends hosts have meltdown over applause given to a Democrat on a Fox News broadcast

By: TDF Editorial

Following last evening’s Fox News town hall with Pete Buttigieg, any potentially open mind of a run of the mill Fox News viewer is being slammed shut today by a parade of Fox News miscreants. They roll out the red carpet to gain credibility with skittish advertisers, and Democrats pretend they don’t understand the broader Fox News mission. Then the smearing begins after all is said and done.

Want examples of that smearing? Here is a taste:

Fox & Friends, the Fox morning show beloved by President Donald Trump, devoted significant time on Monday to undermining Buttigieg’s presentation.

Buttigieg is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan; co-host Brian Kilmeade presented him as trying to undermine American patriotism, calling him a “clown” who wants to “erase our country’s history” for arguing that the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinners should be renamed for people who didn’t own slaves.

The candidate received a warm response from the town hall attendees; Kilmeade bizarrely claimed the crowd was enthusiastic only because it was stacked with his friends and relatives.

Buttigieg is a gifted communicator; the program sliced and diced his town hall answers into a clip reel of disjointed quotes which the co-hosts warned prove he is a “very progressive” radical. “He had some interesting comments last night, sounds like a nice guy, but do you agree with his policies?” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said at one point before rattling off a misinformation-laden litany of Buttigieg’s purported positions

Even the most gifted political salesman doesn’t stand a chance on Fox. Sure, they might hand over a block of programming on a Sunday night, in a ploy to dupe advertisers into thinking Fox News can’t possibly be that toxic if “even Democrats” decide to appear. 

Please, Democrats… Stop wasting your time on Fox News. Don’t fall into the trap any more.

The U.S, now ranked as “problematic” for journalists

The U.S in the age of Trump’s rhetoric now has a new ranking. Reporters Sans Frontières, or Reporters Without Borders, lowered the U.S. to No. 48 out of 180 on its annual World Press Freedom Index, three spots lower than its place last year.

RSF’s rankings were determined by a multi-language, 87-question survey for media professionals. The responses were then combined with data on abuses against journalists.

There have been 46 journalists attacked in the U.S. since 2017, ten of them this year alone. Trump’s rhetoric was called out in the report, which stated that Trump “exacerbates” the problems press freedom is experiencing with his ramblings about “fake news” among other things.