New Yorker’s Jane Mayer Blasts Fox News Coverage: They Take Stories From ‘The Most Crackpot Blogs’


While on Morning Joe today, The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer discussed her jaw-dropping new report on the internal workings of Fox News and their “symbiotic relationship” with the White House.

“[Fox News] carries his message and it also gives his message a lot of the time,” she told MSNBC this morning. “Trump picks up on what he sees on Fox, and I’ve got quotes from people who are very close in to the White House, people who worked in the White House, in and out of Fox, saying what you’ve got is a dysfunctional White House all of the time with no normal decision-making process where a lot of the policy-making is the president picking up what’s on Fox.”

“Then I describe how Fox puts on what it does on the news, which is shocking in many ways,” she continued. “I mean, taking stuff straight off of the most crackpot blogs. Don’t take it from me, take it from the people who are quoted from Fox saying so.”

As for which has more influence over the other, Mayer said: “You can hardly tell on any given day which one is in the driver’s seat, but what can you see is it works for both of them and maybe to the detriment of the rest of us.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity is still telling people that he talks to Trump “almost every night after his show,” according to Mayer’s report.

“So, you’ve got this feedback loop going on that’s very tight,” she added. “We’ve never had a whole national network like this that is basically — it’s incredibly close with this White House. People have described it to me as a wing of the West Wing.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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