This Friday, a segment on Fox & Friends saw host Ainsley Earhardt suggest that bombing Syria would be a good way to distract the public from news surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s new tell-all book.
“If the president, and France, and the U.K decide to strike Syria, don’t you think that story would be a bigger story than Comey’s book that’s released on Tuesday?” she said.
Earhardt’s comment was made while Trump was still deliberating whether or not to take military action in response to a deadly chemical attack allegedly carried out by the Syrian government. Earhardt’s comments came on the heels of the segment which was devoted to trashing Comey.
As numerous media outlets have reported, Trump has been known to take policy cues from what many agree is his favorite Fox News show. Earlier this month in an op-ed for The New York Times, Charles M. Blow wrote, “In a way, America is being governed by the dimmest of wits on the most unscrupulous of networks. The very thought of it is horror-inducing.” Writing for The Washington Post, Erik Wemple echoed that same sentiment:
“The folks at ‘Fox & Friends’ are very much governing the thoughts and impulses of President Trump,” he wrote. “And there’s no hyperbole in invoking “horror” as a means of describing this spectacle.”
Operating without a White House communications director, Trump has increasingly turned to his favorite network both for advice and to get his message out.
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