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Fox News slammed for covering Mollie Tibbetts over Manafort, Cohen convictions

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Fox host Dana Perino
Fox host Dana
Perino

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News


  • As news broke that two of President Donald Trump’s
    former top aides were convicted of multiple federal crimes, Fox
    News focused its coverage on the killing of a 20-year-old
    college student. 
  • Critics lambasted the right-leaning network for
    minimizing coverage of the convictions of former top Trump
    aides Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

As news broke that two of President Donald Trump’s top former
aides were convicted of multiple federal crimes, the president’s
preferred news outlet, Fox News, reported more prominently on the
killing of a 20-year-old college student.  

Rather than focusing on what is perhaps the most significant news
of the Trump presidency so far, the right-leaning network hosts
discussed the news that police believe an undocumented immigrant
killed Mollie Tibbetts, the young Iowa woman who was found dead
on Tuesday.

On her 5 p.m. show, host Dana Perino, a former staffer in
President George W. Bush’s White House, suggested that Americans
are more concerned with the dangers posed by undocumented
immigrants than with crimes committed by members of the
president’s inner circle. 

Fox’s online homepage continued to feature the Tibbetts story
ahead of the the Trump aide convictions throughout the evening,
even as the network’s broadcasters turned their attention to the
stories dominating the evening. 

On Tuesday, Trump’s former longtime lawyer and fixer,
Michael Cohen, struck a deal with prosecutors
to plead guilty to eight federal crimes. Additionally, former
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight
counts related to tax and bank fraud following a high-stakes
criminal trial that gripped the nation for weeks.


The Fox News homepage at 6 pm on Tuesday.
The Fox News homepage at 6
pm on Tuesday.

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News


Critics, including journalists, jumped on Fox for minimizing the
major news concerning the president in favor of a crime story
that plays into the president’s war on undocumented
immigrants. 

“Tonight you’re going to see one of those media moments where
several networks cover the news, and Fox dedicates 80% of their
airtime to a local crime story,” Republican political consultant
Rick Wilson tweeted

 

 

 

 

 

 

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