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Fox & Friends Stays on Message: ‘It’s All About the Caravan’

Fox & Friends opened their show in a manner that would make any Republican strategist smile but was likely intended specifically for President Donald Trump.

In the opening moments of Wednesday’s program, co-host Brian Kilmeade offered: “Every person in the country will vote in the midterms, because wherever I go there is a buzz about the midterms are some issue for a couple weeks it was all about Kavanaugh. Now it’s all about the caravan.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Commander in Chief noted during a political rally five days ago that the midterm elections were about “This will be an election of Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense.”

The thing about this caravan story is that the brazenness of its use as a political cudgel to stoke fear is stunning. Trump was forced to admit on Tuesday that there is no proof behind his claim that there are “Middle Eastern” people among the 7,000 Central Americans currently at the Mexico-Guatemalan border, over 1,000 miles away from the US border. Journalists covering this group of migrants in the field have also failed to identify anyone from the Middle East.

As a former Trump campaign advisor admitted yesterday, the optic of the caravan is a “political gift” to Trump and Republicans, as it reintroduces the border security issue that worked so well in the 2016  general election, creating the “build that wall” chat that can still be heard at Trump Rallies today.

There is an old adage that one should never let the truth get in the way of a good story. But there is very little verifiable truth to the story that this caravan presents some immediate threat to U.S. citizens. This is best exemplified by the fact that these Central American migrants are over 1,000 miles away. And if they walk 20-25 miles a day, they will not arrive at the US Border until early to mid-December.

But back to Fox & Friends coverage. Instead of looking objectively at unverified claims that the caravan is comprised of criminals and Middle Easterners, they instead read tweets from a DHS spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton:

A close parsing of language reveals that the DHS spokesman claimed (without providing evidence) that there are gang members or individuals with significant criminal histories in the caravan. If that were easily verifiable, then why not release those names?

Secondly, and more importantly, Trump’s claim that the caravan is comprised of people of Middle Eastern descent is not at all confirmed by Houlton’s second tweet, which only states that international citizens are traveling from Mexico to the United States. One could probably go to Mexico City’s international airport and find examples described in that tweet, which notably says nothing about the caravan.

Caravan coverage by Fox & Friends could not be more closely aligned with the political goals of the Trump administration. It’s as if the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications is a former Fox News executive directing their coverage. Oh wait.

The symbiotic relationship between Fox News pro-Trump programming and the Trump administration begs an interesting question: Is the Trump White House best described as the “Fox News presidency” or is Fox News best described as “State Run TV”?

Why not both?

Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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