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Donald Trump’s number one source for news and information is little more than a conservative comic book about politics and the rest of reality — and even they admit it. The Daily Beast:

Since taking office, the president has tweeted more than 100 times about Fox & Friends, incessantly promoting the morning gabfest’s pro-Trumpreporting,” while routinely assailing “fake news” outlets like CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

The great irony is that Fox & Friends is actually the real fake news.

Inside 1211 Avenue of the Americas, the morning zoo show falls under Fox News’ programming department, distinct from the outlet’s hard-news division. That programming wing also includes the network’s right-wing prime-time shows like Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and the soon-to-launch Ingraham Angle. As such, Fox & Friends is not held to the journalistic standards of the news division—editorially operating more like a right-wing talk radio show than a cable news program.

The late [Roger] Ailes reportedly saw Fox & Friends as “agenda-setting” in its position at the start of each news day. And according to The New York Times, … Ailes “regularly contributed talking points and phoned in ideas for the show, sometimes when it was on the air.”

In other words, the show has always been a vessel for conservative propaganda.

Fox News, FYI, “broke the story” of Barack Obama attending an Islamic madrasa school while living in Indonesia, which is false, and then there was a famous video in May of 2012, masquerading as news, but which was in fact nothing but a campaign ad for Mitt Romey. President Obama’s tenure was depicted as a series of failed promises; and even the conservative site Hot Air acknowledged that Fox was out of line. New York Times, (May 30, 2012):

The video had most of the hallmarks of a campaign attack ad, except that it was produced and paid for by a news network rather than a candidate or a political action committee.

A blogger on the conservative Web site Hot Air wrote of the video on Wednesday afternoon, “It makes a pretty powerful argument against another four years of Barack Obama, but that shouldn’t be the job of news-reporting organizations, even when we like the message.”

David Zurawik, a television critic for The Baltimore Sun, wrote, “Even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this.”

“Fox & Friends” has been described by Fox public relations executives in the past as an entertainment show.

The Times said that Fox News had an “obviously conservative tilt,” and that was the case when Mittens was on the GOP ticket. However, since that time, with the advent of Trump, the Fox News tilt has declined into a kamikazee death dive, journalistically speaking. Here’s what kicked it all off.

Chris White, the segment producer, the man on the left who is profusely thanked at the end of the piece had been in a job negotiation with CNN; but after CNN saw this piece they rescinded their offer.

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