Fox propaganda finally got around to hiring Trump Sycophant and Liar Kayeigh McEnany, and the grunts at Fox are not happy.
The addition of a known and frequent liar to the Fox News roster set off some alarms within a newsroom that has been “purged” in recent months in favor of right-wing opinion programming and content geared towards keeping a diehard MAGA audience satisfied.
“It’s truly disgusting they fired hard-working journalists who did care about facts and news reporting only to turn around and hire a mini-Goebbels whose incessant lies from the White House helped incite an insurrection on our democracy that got five people killed, including a police officer,” a Fox News insider raged to The Daily Beast. “Post-Trump Fox is quickly becoming a very scary place and quite dangerous for our democracy. It’s not even conservative news anymore. They’ve plunged into an alternate reality where extremist propaganda is the only course on the menu.”
So to give McEnany some big salary, Fox shitcanned a bunch of their “newsroom” staffers. And it appears that only maybe now those who work in the trenches at Fox have realized it’s a propaganda outfit? Really? NOW?
There is more:
“It’s upsetting,” a current Fox News staffer lamented to The Daily Beast. “So many good people are out of a job now and I’m sure she’ll get a huge contract.” But the hiring makes sense, this employee said, because “Sarah Sanders just left to run for governor of Arkansas and our audience loves Kayleigh.”
A sneering sanctimonious liar like Sarah Sanders was LOVED by the Fox audience. The woman whose ass just about every reporter in D.C kissed, with the notable exception of April Ryan. Even as Sanders ritually humiliated the White House press corp folks like Anita Kumar of Politico could not get enough of her. She arranged for a going away party for Sanders. Ugh.
Another newsroom staffer said of McEnany’s hiring: “It bothers me in that it is basically a slap in the face to the hardworking journalists that value real news and facts. But it also doesn’t surprise me because they have shown that they don’t give a damn about facts and real news.”
A third Fox News employee further railed against the hiring, saying, “There is no objectivity in this business anymore. It’s a self-serving profiteering enterprise.” McEnany clearly appeals to Fox, this staffer said, because of “name recognition, notoriety, an obvious willingness to say anything her employer desires. The viewers are morons.”
For years, I have heard folks like Rachel Maddow on MSNBC say that there were good people over at Fox’s newsroom. And I would hear the same from the other journalist they had on her show or other MSNBC shows. Yeah, the management and the opinion people at Fox were bad, but there were others who still believed in facts…blah, blah, blah.
Fox has been lying for decades now. And all the people who worked for Fox knew that it was a propaganda outfit long before Trump showed up. Volumes could be written about the numerous lies told by both their opinion and newsroom sections. The people who worked at Fox did it for a paycheck. And the pay was better at Fox than at most other news organizations.
Now, however, Fox has decided to get those ratings up. And to do that, Fox needs Trump sycophants and liars. And if they have to downsize to pay for only the best liars, so be it.