While an overwhelming majority of the public’s eyes have been focused on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation regarding Russian collusion in the 2016 election, it appears more eyes should have been on Fox News. Not because it is a reliable news source, but because the media giant and the man in charge of it are guilty of helping Donald Trump win the election by burying a game-changing story during the 2016 election.
Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has the inside scoop. According to her lengthy expose, Fox News and its head honcho Rupert Murdoch knew of Donald Trump’s affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the election, but conveniently elected not to report on it because Murdoch wanted Trump to win:
“…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.”
Additionally, according to Mayer, Fox News also fed Trump a couple of Republican primary debate questions in advance.
“Trump has made the debate a point of pride. He recently boasted to the Times that he’d won it despite being a novice, and despite the “crazy Megyn Kelly question.” Fox, however, may have given Trump a little help. A pair of Fox insiders and a source close to Trump believe that Ailes informed the Trump campaign about Kelly’s question. Two of those sources say that they know of the tipoff from a purported eyewitness. In addition, a former Trump campaign aide says that a Fox contact gave him advance notice of a different debate question, which asked the candidates whether they would support the Republican nominee, regardless of who won. The former aide says that the heads-up was passed on to Trump, who was the only candidate who said that he wouldn’t automatically support the Party’s nominee—a position that burnished his image as an outsider.”
Now make of this what you will, but I would dare say that intentionally withholding a major story like the Daniels affair, AND feeding Trump debate questions in advance BOTH qualify as rigging the election. Wouldn’t you agree?
Although the network is notorious for being unfair and unbalanced, this is pretty low, even for Fox News’ standards. But this is over-the-top brazen even by their standards.