The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Watch: Fox News’ Bartiromo Obsequiously Echoes Trump’s Election Lies

Maria Bartiromo

Photo by linkedineditors/ CC BY 2.0

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo hosted President Donald Trump for an extended appearance on her show, where he told numerous lies as part of his democracy-undermining effort to claim that he actually won the 2020 presidential election. Bartiromo offered no pushback to Trump's lies, and in fact encouraged him to lie at length about the election.

Bartiromo, who is ostensibly part of Fox News's "news side" -- a distinction the channel claims exists between its anchors and opinion hosts -- is known for pushing conspiracy theories and propagandistic interviews of Trump.


The president joined Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo for 45 minutes of the hour-long program. The extended appearance, where no commercial breaks were aired, largely consisted ofTrump going on repetitious monologues where he promoted his attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election, which is premised on his false claim that President-elect Joe Biden secured his victory because of widespread voter fraud. During the first several minutes of the interview, Trump pushed conspiracy theories about dead voters, voter fraud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, specifically, and Dominion Voter Systems, setting the stage for the rest of his appearance.



Trump also called Bartiromo "brave" for having him on the show to push his deranged conspiracy theories that seek to undermine democracy.

Bartiromo made no attempt to ask that Trump provide any evidence to back up the multitude of lies he told on the show. In fact, she egged Trump on, claiming Biden's victory was the result of "impossible statistics" and claiming that what is happening to Trump is "disgusting" because "we cannot allow America's election to be corrupted."

Bartiromo's interview was rightfully derided:




Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Youtube Screenshot

In late 2011, John Oliver and his Daily Show cameraman made a trek to my office, then in Providence, Rhode Island, to take me to task. I had recently referred to the Tea Partiers who had pushed America to the brink of a disastrous default as "economic terrorists."

Oliver had apparently swallowed whole a series of barbs directed my way by a Wall Street Journal blogger who didn't seem to like women much. The blogger kept calling me the "Civility diva" and a "Baroness Catherine Ashton lookalike." (A member of the British parliament, Ashton was said to be homely.) He was quite the wit.

Keep reading...Show less

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Youtube Screenshot

Several mainstream media outlets are manufacturing a political narrative that the discovery of classified documents at the homes of both President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence should alleviate pressure on disgraced former President Donald Trump, who not only took a vast trove of federal records but also refused to give them back.

Biden and Pence have both cooperated with federal investigators to recover and return documents that belong to the government, and both situations have rekindled scrutiny at the overall system of federal document classification and retention, which appears to be in serious need of reform. Their two examples stand in stark contrast to Trump’s behavior, and possible misconduct, regarding his own handling of government records.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}