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After she repeatedly lied to reporters and the American public for nearly two years, Fox News announced on Thursday that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be its newest official contributor.

“The former Trump administration advisor is expected to contribute commentary to Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital and the Fox Nation streaming service, the Fox Corporation unit announced Thursday,” Variety reported.

Sanders is set to make her first official appearance as a Fox News employee on “Fox & Friends,” Trump’s favorite show on the disinformation network.

Since Trump took office, there has been a revolving door of employment between the network and members of his administration. Former communications director Hope Hicks is now an executive at Fox’s parent company along with several others, while multiple members of Trump’s team came from Fox.

Sarah Sanders will join following a confession to special counsel Robert Mueller, who was at the time investigating the Trump campaign, that she blatantly lied to reporters and the public.

Sanders had claimed in a White House press briefing that Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey because FBI agents had “lost confidence” in him. But she admitted to investigators that she simply made up the cover story.

When she wasn’t lying to the public while she was a government employee, Sanders was hiding from the press. She effectively killed the daily White House press briefing, depriving the public of an opportunity to see the administration defend and support its actions under questioning from the independent press.

There has not been a White House press briefing since March 11.

Instead of facing reporters, Sanders often chose to appear on Fox News, where she could give the administration’s spin on multiple issues in an environment and where she was not seriously challenged by the network’s conservative hosts.

For over 23 years, Fox has operated as the leading outlet for pro-conservative, pro-Republican propaganda.

Sanders’ hiring from the Trump White House press operation gives more fuel to the contention that the network is not a journalistic enterprise but rather just a dishonest GOP mouthpiece.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Poll: Most Parents Oppose Rapid School Reopening

Numerous local school systems around the country are plowing ahead with plans to resume in-person instruction despite growing evidence that children are just as capable of spreading the coronavirus as adults.

Classes were set to begin on Monday in Baker County, Florida. Masks for students will be optional, not required. "It looks like it's back to normal this morning, honestly," a local television reporter observed as parents dropped their kids off in the morning. Many students wore no face coverings.

The Trump administration and the GOP have pushed for full reopening of schools for months."Schools in our country should be opened ASAP," Donald Trump tweeted in May. "Much very good information now available."

"SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" he reiterated on July 6.

"The science and data is clear: children can be safe in schools this fall, and they must be in school this fall," demanded Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Aug. 1.

"I believe our schools can, and should rise to the occasion of re-opening for in-person education this fall," agreed Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) two days later.

"The CDC and Academy of Pediatrics agree: We can safely get students back in classrooms," tweeted House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) last Tuesday.

But while Scalise, Mike Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have all cited the American Academy of Pediatrics in their arguments for reopening, a new study by the group and the Children's Hospital Association raises red flags about how safe that will be.

Their report found 338,982 reported coronavirus cases in children as of July 30 in the United States. Between July 16 and July 30, the nation saw a 40% increase — 97,078 new infected children.

Last week, a high school student in an Atlanta suburb posted a photo online showing few students wearing masks in a crowded school hallway. Since that time, at least six students and three adult employees in the school have reportedly contracted the coronavirus, and the school temporarily has switched to online classes.

Another Georgia school district has already seen at least 13 students and staff members test positive since reopening a week ago.

A recent study in South Korea found that children aged ten and older spread the coronavirus at the same rates adults do. A separate study in Chicago suggested young kids might also be effective spreaders.

These contradict the false claims made by Trump and his administration that kids have an "amazing" near immunity to COVID-19.

"If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely, but almost immune from this disease, so few. They've got stronger, hard to believe, and I don't know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this," Trump told Fox News on Wednesday.

"You got to open the schools. They have a stronger immune system even than you have or I have," he told Barstool Sports on July 23. "It's amazing. You look at the percentage, it's a tiny percentage of one percent. And in that one case, I mean, I looked at a couple of cases. If you have diabetes, if you have, you know, problems with something, but the kids are in great shape." Children have made up nearly nine percent of all cases, even with schools mostly closed.

And DeVos incorrectly said in a July 16 interview, "More and more studies show that kids are actually stoppers of the disease and they don't get it and transmit it themselves."

In early July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for how schools could operate more safely during the pandemic.

Trump publicly ridiculed the guidelines, dismissing them as "very tough & expensive" and "very impractical."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.