While there are a few people at Fox News who still understand and engage in quality journalism, Shep Smith and Chris Wallace, for example, most of the network’s broadcasts are essentially nothing more than conservative fan fiction. Shows like Fox & Friends, The Five, Outnumbered, Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and The Ingraham Angle aren’t news programs — they’re just conservative entertainment masquerading as legitimate news.
Since the rise of Donald Trump, however, the network has essentially become the “president’s” own version of state-run television.
Sean Hannity, in particular, has become such a laughable cheerleader for Trump that he’s gone from your typical bottom-feeding conservative who simply opposed anything Democrats supported, to a full-blown conspiracy theorist pushing ideas that there’s a “deep state plotting against Trump.”
While most conservatives have sold out to Trump, there are still some out there who haven’t.
Republican analyst Steve Schmidt is one of those conservatives who’s not only refused to support Trump, but he’s become one of his more vocal critics.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Schmidt was asked about a tweet Trump sent out suggesting that a “contest” be held to determine which network is “the most dishonest” (with Fox News being excluded, of course) with the “winner” receiving a “fake news trophy.”
“Well, he all but declared Fox News to be American state TV,” Schmidt began. “Extraordinary.”
“These are not normal behaviors, and I think it bears repeating all the time, how far out of the normal range we are,” he added. “These are the behaviors of an autocrat. Not a democratically elected president of the United States. It’s disturbing.”
And he’s right.
That tweet from Trump where he suggested holding a contest — excluding Fox News — to see who pushes the most “fake news” was textbook propaganda you’d see coming from a dictator.
It’s one thing if he wanted to actually run some kind of an online poll where people could vote on which network pushes the most fake news. While stupid, pointless, and childish, if he included all of the major networks, at least that would give people responding to it the chance to vote on the network they truly felt was the most “dishonest” of the bunch.
However, for him to “exclude Fox News,” because he knows if he ever did run some sort of a poll it could backfire on him spectacularly, is essentially Trump saying that he’s aware the network is his own version of state-run media so he’s going to protect them and himself from embarrassment.
Watch Schmidt’s comments below via MSNBC: