Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
Fox News remains President Trump’s favorite news channel, and Sean Hannity his single greatest champion. But mounting criticism from the latter’s Fox co-anchors this week suggests the network’s support for the president may be eroding.
“Just today John Roberts, Fox News correspondent of the White House walked out of a White House press briefing,” explained “Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur. “Sarah Huckabee Sanders… said ‘I guess he has somewhere better to go,’ and he said ‘yeah, we’re not on camera. You are not doing this on TV, so I have to do a live show.'”
Roberts isn’t the only Fox News correspondent who appears fed up. Nightly panelist Charles Krauthammer torched Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected attorney on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, three days after the New York Times bombshell report. Krauthammer continued his attack on Thursday’s “Special Report With Bret Baier.”
“I’m willing to concede it is not a criminal act, but it is certainly an unethical act,” he said of the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June at Trump Tower.
“Damn,” exlaimed Uygur. “Fox News calling the Trump administration unethical and saying they were deceiving you all along.”
Even Judge Andrew Napolitano had some choice words to describe the Trump Tower summit. According to Napolitano, Don. Jr. was lucky not to receive any information about Hillary Clinton from Veselnitskaya.
“That would have been a felony,” he concluded. “That would have been the completion of a crime.”
“This is a guy Trump liked so much that he thought about putting him on the Supreme Court,” Uygur reminded viewers. “[And] even Napolitano is saying this looks really bad.”
Earlier in the week, a furious Sheppard Smith told viewers, “There are still people out there who believe we’re making it up, and one day they are going to realize we are not.”
“This is a weird topsy-turvy world where I am agreeing with Fox hosts,” Uygur noted. That makes two of us.
Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.
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