Apparently Fox News engaged in their own “catch and kill” tactics to protect Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

By |2019-03-04T06:27:02-08:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

The section below is taken from a much longer article in the New Yorker entitled “The Making of the Fox News White House” which I encourage all of you to read. 

Courtesy of the New Yorker:

When Shine assumed command at Fox, the 2016 campaign was nearing its end, and Trump and Clinton were all but tied. That fall, a FoxNews.com reporter had a story that put the network’s journalistic integrity to the test. Diana Falzone, who often covered the entertainment industry, had obtained proof that Trump had engaged in a sexual relationship in 2006 with a pornographic film actress calling herself Stormy Daniels. Falzone had worked on the story since March, and by October she had confirmed it with Daniels through her manager at the time, Gina Rodriguez, and with Daniels’s former husband, Mike Moz, who described multiple calls from Trump. Falzone had also amassed e-mails between Daniels’s attorney and Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, detailing a proposed cash settlement, accompanied by a nondisclosure agreement. Falzone had even seen the contract.

But Falzone’s story didn’t run—it kept being passed off from one editor to the next. After getting one noncommittal answer after another from her editors, Falzone at last heard from LaCorte, who was then the head of FoxNews.com. Falzone told colleagues that LaCorte said to her, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” LaCorte denies telling Falzone this, but one of Falzone’s colleagues confirms having heard her account at the time.

Despite the discouragement, Falzone kept investigating, and discovered that the National Enquirer, in partnership with Trump, had made a “catch and kill” deal with Daniels—buying the exclusive rights to her story in order to bury it. Falzone pitched this story to Fox, too, but it went nowhere. News of Trump’s payoffs to silence Daniels, and Cohen’s criminal attempts to conceal them as legal fees, remained unknown to the public until the Wall Street Journal broke the story, a year after Trump became President.

In January, 2017, Fox demoted Falzone without explanation. That May, she sued the network. Her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, declined to comment but acknowledged that a settlement has been reached; it includes a nondisclosure agreement that bars Falzone from talking about her work at Fox.

After the Journal story broke, Oliver Darcy, a senior media reporter for CNN, published a piece revealing that Fox had killed a Stormy Daniels story. LaCorte, who by then had left Fox but was still being paid by the company, told Mediaite that he’d made the call without talking to superiors. The story simply hadn’t “passed muster,” he claimed, adding, “I didn’t do it to protect Donald Trump.” Nik Richie, a blogger who had broken the first story about Daniels, tweeted, “This is complete bullshit. Ken you are such a LIAR. This story got killed by @FoxNews at the highest level. I know, because I was one of your sources.”

Richie told me, “Fox News was culpable. I voted for Trump, and I like Fox, but they did their own ‘catch and kill’ on the story to protect him.” He said that he’d worked closely with Falzone on the article, and that “she did her homework—she had it.” He says he warned her that Fox would never run it, but “when they killed it she was devastated.” Richie believes that the story “would have swayed the election.”

My takeaway quote from this story is this one, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.

I have long railed against Fox News as the cable outlet that killed journalism in this country, so I am perfectly aware that they have no ethics or journalistic integrity. 

Still, to have killed a story of this magnitude, with so much on the line, seems particularly egregious. 

And look I know that conservative and liberal outlets might hesitate to promote stories that make the political candidate who shares their ideology look bad, but that certainly did not stop MSNBC from addressing the Hillary Clinton email story all day every day right up until the day of the election. 

You either are journalists or you are political operatives, and in the case of Fox News, they clearly made their choice at the very beginning.

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12 Comments

  1. FFFF March 4, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/11/the-making-of-the-fox-news-white-house

    ‘ A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod” ‘
    ‘ A group of foxes is called a “skulk” or a “leash” ‘
    skulk
    verb
    1.keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive.

    • Anon March 4, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      ” Fox—acts as a force multiplier for Trump, solidifying his hold over the Republican Party and intensifying his support. “Fox is not just taking the temperature of the base—it’s raising the temperature,” “It’s a radicalization model.” For both Trump and Fox,
      “fear is a business strategy—it keeps people watching.”

      ““Uncle Bill” and “Uncle Sean.” Another former colleague says, “They spend their vacations together.” A third recalls, “I was rarely in Shine’s office when Sean didn’t call. And I was in Shine’s office a lot. They talked all the time—many times a day.””
      “. The Hollywood Reporter obtained financial-disclosure forms revealing that Fox has been paying Shine millions of dollars since he joined the Administration. Last year, he collected the first half of a seven-million-dollar bonus that he was owed after resigning from Fox; this year, he will collect the remainder. That sum is in addition to an $8.4-million severance payment that he received upon leaving the network.”

      “Trump became famous, in no small part, because of Rupert Murdoch. After Murdoch bought the New York Post, in 1976, he was introduced to Trump through a mutual acquaintance, Roy Cohn, the infamous legal fixer, who, as a young man, was Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief counsel. Cohn saw the potential for tabloid synergy: Trump could attain celebrity in the pages of the Post as a playboy mogul, and Murdoch could sell papers by chronicling Trump’s exploits.
      In private, Murdoch regarded Trump with disdain, seeing him as a real-estate huckster and a shady casino operator.”
      ““The genius was seeing that there’s an attraction to fear-based, anger-based politics that has to do with class and race.””

  2. Anon March 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/fox-news-arm-republican-party-now-white-house-arm-fox-msnbc-panelist/

    “Now I think the White House is an arm of Fox News. And you know the White House is staffing up with people who were either contributors or ran the network, Bill Shine ran that network. And it’s paying off for the president right now, and it’s paying off for Fox News with ratings, but I think as we get into a 2020 election, I think it’s going to be a very difficult spot for Fox, especially post-election if they are still tied to this man.”

  3. Anonymous March 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    OT/
    https://www.salon.com/2019/03/04/donald-trumps-cpac-speech-was-completely-unhinged-why-didnt-media-cover-it-that-way/

    “I grew up in Texas, where the habit of droll understatement is alive and well. I recall one incident in my youth, where a friend and I saw a man riding a bicycle on the street in Austin clad only in a thong. After taking the scene in, my companion’s one remark was, “Well, isn’t that something?” “That’s what these headlines reminded me of, except that the people writing them weren’t trying to be funny.” “the fact that the president of the United States was babbling like a man who hasn’t slept in days.”
    “To put it bluntly, Democrats spent the Cohen hearing trying to expose crimes and Republicans spent it trying to cover them up. To simply describe the difference as “partisan” is to fail readers by drawing a false equivalence between moral and immoral behavior, and to suggest that doing right and doing wrong are equally dirty, if there’s any political gain to be had from either. This kind of coverage portrays political grandstanding, a venal sin, as no better or no different from actively covering up criminal activity.”
    ” Mainstream media outlets’ routine failure to focus on the most critical issues, in a bid to sound neutral or objective, isn’t serving their audiences, nor any standard of truth or fairness.”

  4. Anonymous March 4, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    i am very suspicious of fox news as being affiliated with Putin. I think it’s like a state owned television, Once Colbert went to Russia and he was on a popular night show and the host had to navigate carefully around Colbert’s humor about Putin, pee stains and such. I see fox news as doing that. The mouthpieces that get on that show are obviously vying for one agenda and that to protect the Putinesque government that we now have on hand.

  5. GOOGLE IS NOT THEIR FREN March 4, 2019 at 8:35 pm
  6. Anonymous March 4, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Trump also rates Fox hosts based on how loyal they are to him on a scale of 1 to 10.

    Sean Hannity gets a 10.

    Steve Doocy gets a 12.

    I imagine he uses this rating on everyone in his life. His children were brought up with it and have learned to fight one another to gain points. And watch themselves very carefully lest they be cut out of the will or worse. Were they too young to remember what happend to their Father’s brother?

    • anonymous March 5, 2019 at 6:01 am

      Had Dumps spawn been older they’d have been lining up to help imo!

  7. anonymous March 5, 2019 at 8:59 am

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/03/04/hostages-journalist-cpj-joel-simon-khashoggi-trump-amanpour.cnn

    “Executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon speaks to Christiane Amanpour about the complex nature of hostage negotiations.” & Murder.

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