Hillary Clinton’s Problem with Fox News
In a stinging rebuke of how 'the media' treat President Donald Trump, she made no mention of CNN, MSNBC or others
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Failed presidential candidate Democrat Hillary Clinton, during an exclusive interview with the U.K.’s The Guardian that was published on Friday, described the Fox News network as “a wholly owned subsidiary” of the Trump administration.
She also called on the press to “get smarter” about the way it covers President Donald Trump.
The former secretary of state — who has been teasing a possible 2020 run for the White House — also went after the president himself (did anyone expect differently there?).
She said Trump had shown himself to be skilled at “tweeting and insulting and dominating the news cycles” — and said he was too often left unchallenged by the press, as The Guardian noted.
Clinton also said that the president fits the description of authoritarian movements and leaders throughout history who worked to “destroy a common base of fact and evidence” and create an “alternative reality.”
“One of the ways you do that is by consistently attacking the press,” she argued.
“Now [Trump] doesn’t attack Fox News, because they’re like a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican Party now,” she continued, as The Washington Times also noted.
“So he attacks the press and the broadcast media that raise questions about him, that don’t give him fidelity and loyalty.”
“You watch Fox News, it’s always, ‘Something terrible is about to happen,’ ‘Something terrible did happen,’ ‘These people are doing all these awful things,’” Clinton said.
“It is totally divorced from reality, but it is superb propaganda.”
“I don’t know the best way to puncture that. You have to hope that reality catches up with politics and entertainment at some point.”
Clinton — who apparently gave this interview before the recent brouhaha with CNN’s Jim Acosta over his White House press pass — also criticized the media overall in terms of how they cover the president and his activities on a regular basis.
“You watch Fox News, it’s always, ‘Something terrible is about to happen,’ ‘Something terrible did happen,’ ‘These people are doing all these awful things,’” Clinton said. “It is totally divorced from reality, but it is superb propaganda.”
“I believe that where we are now in the political cycle is that the press does not know how to cover these candidates who are setting themselves on fire every day, who are masters of diversion and distraction.”
“So at some point, the press has to get smarter because that’s basically how most voters get their information,” she added.
“If you’re into both-side-ism — so, you know, on the one hand this, and on the other hand that — really there’s no factual basis, there’s no evidence, there’s no record. Everybody lies, everybody gilds the lily. It doesn’t really matter. That just opens a door to somebody like him.”
It was just a few weeks ago that Hillary Clinton declared in a televised TV interview that even though she doesn’t want to run again for the White House, “I’d like to be president.”
She is 71 years old right now.
Her husband wasn’t seen much on the campaign trail for Democrats in the last months of the 2018 midterm campaign season.
Nevertheless, the pair has committed to a 13-city tour this fall.
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