Though Fox News used to be America’s lone mainstream media bastion for fair and balanced news and opinion, these days it functions more like a home for Democrats and “Never Trumpers,” conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh argued Wednesday.
He made the remarks in response to the unwillingness by so many Fox News’ “journalists” and analysts to even try being fair and truthful in covering President Donald Trump’s otherwise non-scandalous phone call over the summer with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Released: Trump Ukraine call transcript … POTUS asks Dems for apology https://t.co/SWNO5kU8WE
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 25, 2019
Both congressional Democrats and their allies in the demonstrably left-wing media have been using the details of the phone call to argue that Trump committed a crime and must, therefore, be impeached. And for reasons that remain unclear, many at FNC have been echoing this false narrative.
“None of what they are saying happened in that phone call did, and we’ve even got ‘Never Trumpers’ now all over Fox News [saying], ‘Well, this phone call is very hard to defend. I wouldn’t want to have to defend this phone call. If I were the Republicans, I wouldn’t want …'” Limbaugh said.
One such pundit he may have been referring to is FNC legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, who’s been quick to throw the president under the bus. During the past two weeks, he’s been arguing that the infamous phone call between Trump and Zelensky “manifests criminal and impeachable behavior.”
Never mind that the call showed no quid pro quo, never mind that Zelensky has made it clear Trump didn’t pressure him to do anything and never mind the fact that the allegations of corruption surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden are credible.
“There’s nothing hard to defend about the phone call!” Limbaugh continued. “You just don’t want to defend it!”
“You know, Fox really ought to change the name of the network from the Fox News Channel to the Fox Never Trumper Network, because that’s who’s getting the highlights, and they’re bringing in Democrats like Donna Brazile.”
Not to mention “Never Trumpers” like former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was recruited earlier this year to serve on the board of the network’s parent company, Fox Corporation.
Worse, the former House speaker is now reportedly plotting against Trump by urging Fox to “decisively break” with the president and stop covering him fairly.
RINO Paul Ryan, who currently sits on the board of Fox Corp., is reportedly urging Fox News to “decisively break” with President Donald Trump. https://t.co/CAfFUC8r6y
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 27, 2019
“What do you mean, ‘The phone call’s hard to defend?'” Limbaugh continued. “The phone call’s not hard to defend, and Trump isn’t hard to defend! But if Trump is hard to defend, what about conservatism, you ‘Never Trumpers?’ Can you defend that?”
“Do you not understand that conservatism’s under assault? You may not be because you’re renouncing conservatism to sidle up with these guys that you don’t want to be criticized by. So you’d rather be friends with these nincompoops on the left than have to defend your own side and defend your own beliefs!”
Last week Smith joined a whole cast of his liberal media counterparts in outright lying about the president’s phone call earlier this summer with Zelensky.
The transcript of the call clearly shows that after the president said “I would like you to do us a favor,” he asked the Ukrainian president to look into allegations that certain corrupt officials within the Europe nation had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Roughly 540 words later, the president only then brought up Biden.
Yet that’s not how Smith and his left-wing counterparts reported it:
They lied by omission. While it’s clear why the rest of the media would spout an anti-Trump lie, it’s unclear why Smith would do so as well. It’s also unclear if Fox plans to hold him accountable.
What’s known is that Smith, Wallace, and Napolitano have faced increasing criticism from their more level-headed peers, including Tucker Carlson.
Last week Carlson outright accused Smith of being a left-wing political activist masquerading as an objective journalist, and frequent network guest Joe diGenova said Napolitano “is a fool.”
“I think Judge Napolitano is a fool. And what he said today is foolish,” diGenova said of the judge’s claim that Trump has committed a crime. “No, it is not a crime.”
“Let me underscore emphatically that nothing that the president said on that call or what we think he said on that call constitutes a crime.”
Why not? Because as Limbaugh noted in his broadcast Wednesday, “There is nothing against the law in asking for help in pursuit of corruption!”
“There is a joint treaty between the United States and Ukraine signed by Bill Clinton back in 1999,” he pointed out. “You could say, if you wanted to go this route, that Trump was simply enforcing and behaving according to the law. We have a mutual treaty to investigate corruption with Ukraine, a joint treaty between the United States and Ukraine.”
“But everybody knows what Trump was doing on that phone call. This is another thing. Trump was asking the president of Ukraine for help in the ongoing investigation into what they tried to do to Trump in 2016!”
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