Morning Briefing: Fox News Spiked the Stormy Daniels Story Before Election Because Murdoch Wanted Trump to Win
Jane Meyer over on The New Yorker has a lengthy exposé this morning on the relationship between Trump, the White House and Fox News, and while none of it will come as a surprise, it’s a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Fox News from a network designed to be a check on liberal bias to a full-on propaganda arm for Trump, because that’s where the money is. You know how Trump is always saying that media outlets like CNN and the NYTimes will collapse once he’s out of office? That’s actually true of Fox News, which has put all of its eggs in the Trump basket.
Two new details also arise out of the piece:
New from me: Fox News HAD the story of Trump's hush money payoffs to Stormy Daniels BEFORE the election but killed it because the reporter said she was told, "Good reporting Kiddo, but Rupert Murdoch wants Donald Trump to win. So set it aside." Reporter sued, is bound by an NDA. https://t.co/md9B4fLm1i— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) March 4, 2019
If this Jane Mayer article is accurate, it means @realDonaldTrump engaged in abuse of power. And today the House Judiciary Committee starts its massive investigation into @POTUS, his family and his associates. https://t.co/Y88DHaIsJE— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2019
One other detail from that story: Fox News likely tipped Trump to debate questions, the very thing that Trump has been hitting Hillary on for years. Is anyone surprised?
Speaking of House investigations, there are going to be a lot of them over the next two years.
NEW: The House Judiciary Committee this week plans to request documents from:— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) March 3, 2019
- Allen Weisselberg
- Don Jr.
- Eric Trump
- Rhona Graff
- Jared Kushner
- Ivanka Trump
- John Kelly
- Don McGahn
and 50+ more. w/@dnvolz https://t.co/0mOX3ytBbI
I guess my slight concern here is that the House spends the next two years investigating Trump, and like everything else under this Administration, we grow inured to them. Nothing shocks us anymore. A year from now Jared Kushner is going to admit that he personally orchestrated the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and we’re all going to shrug our shoulders and say, “Duh. Not surprised. Are you surprised?”
— In the meantime, Rand Paul becomes the fourth Republican to sign on with Democrats to vote against Trump’s use of executive power to declare a national emergency over the wall. What does that mean? It means that the Senate will join the House in passing a law prohibiting Trump from declaring that emergency. However, Donald Trump will veto it — the first veto of his administration. In other words, Trump will abuse his power, Congress will repudiate Trump for his abuse of power, and Trump will abuse his power to veto their repudiation. American politics, ladies and gentleman! On the upside, Congress’ rebuke of Trump on this matter probably will provide the courts — and the Supreme Court, in particular — more reason to reject the emergency declaration.
— John Hickenlooper has tossed his hat into the very crowded ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination. I feel like half of these candidates know they don’t have a shot in hell but are running in order to position themselves for cabinet positions. Jay Inslee announced last week, and he’ll make a fine EPA Secretary. Hickenlooper will make a great Energy Secretary.
— Oh really, Dershowitz? REALLY?
My acquaintanceship with Epstein was academic, along with the president and provost of Harvard, Stephen Hawkins, David Gergen, Howard Gardner, George Church and several Nobel laureates. No one suspected that Epstein had any contact with underage females. https://t.co/0T8n1MYMCK— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) March 3, 2019
— Finally, I leave you all with this:
Last night @HillaryClinton took a break from working on remarks she’s giving in Selma today to catch some of @mulaney hosting Saturday Night Live. I said “You know John Mulaney right? She looked at me, insulted by the suggestion & replied, “Yes! A horse is loose in the hospital!” pic.twitter.com/R3RC6XlL7x— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) March 3, 2019
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