Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Fox News Pulls Plug On WH Press Sec.

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Moments into her statements to the press, Fox News pulled the plug on White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany... declaring, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, I just think we need to be clear. She's charging the other side is 'welcoming fraud' and 'illegal voting'."

OK. Let's be "clear" and take a look at what she was talking about.

"Fair and balanced?" Not so much anymore.

Be informed, not misled.

What's happening to Fox News?

Yahoo News and NBC's news channel MSNBC jumped all over this, reporting, analyzing, boasting that "even Fox" doesn't believe President Trump.

Fox's Neil Cavuto, pulling the plug and taking her off their air, said:

"Unless she has more details to back that up I can't in good countenance [did he mean conscience?] continue showing you this. I want to make sure that maybe they do have something to back that up, but that's an explosive charge to make---that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating,"

Far-left Donna Brazile, Juan Williams, and others now sit on Fox panels daily advocating for Neil's "other side" never being pulled off the air regardless of how outrageous their claims.

Let me be clear. If I, who writes this column each weekday morning and talks on a daily live radio show each morning with minimal staff, know about the issues with voter integrity, surely Neil Cavuto, with the legions of support staff at Fox News, knows about it as well.

He knows full well that allowing the White House Press Secretary's press briefing to be carried on Fox News air does not equate to endorsing what she's saying.

He simply didn't want her to say it, and viewers to hear it. And that is a gross double standard, much like the mainstream media itself.

Neil Cavuto and Chris Wallace are hanging out too much with Donna---the woman who was caught giving Hillary Clinton the questions she would be asked during a presidential debate four years ago.

The American Thinker published an article yesterday about Fox and its changing ways.

Under Roger Ailes, they note, Fox News was reliably conservative. When he left, owner Rupert Murdoch handed it over to his sons James and Lachlan and things began to change. James, a far-left activist, left Fox in July. Lachlan, who is married to a far-left activist, took over.

He has turned to former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and a few others like him to guide Fox News.

While viewers, including myself,  were becoming concerned about the drift to the Left over the past few months, it all came to a head over this election.

Chris Wallace, moderating the first presidential debate, joined Biden in trying to defeat Trump---by all accounts.

Then Fox hired far-left radical Aron producer Aaron Mishkin to run its election desk on election night. People reporting to him called the race in Arizona almost immediately for Biden while hundreds of thousands of ballots remained uncounted. Yet he refused to call states that were clearly breaking for Trump-like Texas, Alaska, and several others.

Then there was the episode with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany I've mentioned above.

Then Monday, Fox News's Sandra Smith, unaware that she was on camera on a split-screen, threw a little fit in front of everyone when one of the guests said that the media's calls for a given candidate do not make that person president.

She grimaced throwing her head around---then announced to someone off camera in the studio how enlightened she is and how ill-informed and uneducated these folks are that believe Trump should call for the voter issues to be resolved. She said, "What? What is happening? Trace [a reporter simply giving the story] we've called it."

Fox viewers were not happy. Myself included. When Bret Baier tweeted out an innocuous invitation that people join him and Martha MacCallum on Saturday night for the news, almost 30,000 people exploded in rage on Twitter, while about 1000 liked it.

The real voter response has been documented since then.

While Fox was first among all channels with about 19 million viewers on election night, revenge has visited them.

On November 6, Fox had 2,266,000 viewers while CNN saw nearly twice as many at 4,009,000. MSNBC, according to Fox's internal numbers, counted 2,983 viewers beating formerly number one Fox by over 700,000 viewers.

If it were not for Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Greg Gutfield, and Laura Ingraham, Fox numbers would have been substantially lower.

Gradually, Fox viewers are finding OAN News Network, Newsmax, and others who are consistently conservative in their reporting. 

Let's take a "clear" look at why Kayleigh was talking about these "explosive" issues that triggered Fox to pull the plug.

Yesterday, The Epoch Times published the most comprehensive, visual overview of the voting integrity and irregularity issues I've seen. I would encourage you to take a look at it. It is current through last night.

An overview:

Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona are being challenged by the Trump campaign.

The challenges are all based on significant allegations in each state. Each case is dynamic and changing.

I noted that the count in Arizona continues in Trump's favor. Yesterday Trump had pulled within less than 1% of the vote count, which according to the governor, about 75,000 votes left to count.

A snapshot of the deception in our culture. Exposed by, believe it or not, the New York Times. 

Jon Meacham is a presidential historian and biographer who has written a number of books dealing with those subjects. 

In his address, claiming the presidency before a single state has certified their election count, Joe Biden delivered a message from Wilmington, Del., Saturday night outlining his mission to rebuild the soul of America.

In 2018, Mr. Meacham wrote the best selling book titled, "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels."

Biden, who has read the book as have I, reached out to Meacham---who is also a speechwriter---to help him develop a concept around that theme and write speeches for him. 

So far so good. That's better than Joe Biden being forced to drop out of the 1988 presidential race because he was plagiarizing his speeches.

All politicians have speechwriters.

However, while Meacham has been writing speeches for Biden, he has also been working for MSNBC as an on-air contributor regarding the elections.

Saturday night, while Biden read the speech Meacham had written, Meacham was live on MSNBC  giving commentary on how great and insightful and timely Joe Biden's words were.

Brian Williams, who was removed as NBC's main news anchor and assigned to their news cable channel (MSNBC) a few years ago, turned to Meacham on air and asked:

"I'm not the historian that you are, and I don't have the Pulitzer that you do, but do you concur that this is the way we are used to hearing from our presidents?"

"Absolutely," Mr. Meacham replied, never disclosing that he had written the speech---lying by omission to MSNBC, to the public and to Brian Williams who was removed as first chair NBC News guy to the cable channel a few years ago for---you guessed it--lying on air.

NBC immediately removed Meacham and declined to discuss it on Monday.

My guess?  They'll bring him back in a few weeks because lying is no longer a disqualifier in the media. Or in the culture. Particularly in politics. Especially if it advances the left agenda.

This is about as sleazy as it gets.

Someone has said, "Lying and stealing are next door neighbors."

Perhaps the radical left should read Shakespeare more. If they did, they would know that the most important lines from "Othello" are, "Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial."

Or better yet; read Leviticus 19:11: "You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another."

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.