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Several Fox News employees trashed the network’s
coverage of charges brought in the special counsel Robert
Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Fox News’s ratings in primetime still beat the other
Some Fox News employees trashed the network’s coverage of the
first three charges handed down in the special counsel Robert
Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US
CNN reported that some Fox News employees were upset with the
network’s coverage of charges brought against the former Trump
campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his business badociate Rick
Gates, as well as a
former foreign-policy adviser to the campaign, George
CNN said there were “many eye rolls” in the newsroom over the
network’s decision to cover various other topics rather than the
indictment, coverage of which blanketed CNN and MSNBC.
Though Fox News did cover the news, many of the network’s shows
covered topics like the NFL national-anthem protests, a Google
emoji controversy, and a years-old conservative talking point
about an Obama-era uranium deal.
Opinion hosts like Sean Hannity voiced their full-throated
support for President Donald Trump, while others like “Fox &
Friends” host Steve Doocy, pointed out that some of the charges
against Manafort were “years old.”
Though some critics blasted the network’s coverage, Fox News
still delivered strong ratings — the network beat both CNN and
MSNBC in primetime.
In a statement, a Fox News representative said the network
covered the breaking news “accurately and fairly across both news
and opinion programming.”
Here’s a list of some key quotes from Fox News employees, who all
spoke to CNN on background:
- “I’m watching now and screaming,” one Fox News personality
said. “I want to quit.”
- “This kind of coverage does the viewer a huge disservice and
further divides the country,” another Fox News personality said.
- “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 said, adding that the network “feels
like an extension of the Trump White House.”
- Another Fox News employee said a segment on “Outnumbered”
that questioned Mueller’s motivations in the investigation “was
absurd and deserves all the scorn it can get.”
- “It’s an embarrbadment,” another Fox News employee said.
“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.”