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by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 9, 2020) — On Friday morning, The Post & Email sent the following to the Fox News Channel using its “Submit a request” form:
On Thursday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” cohost Ainsley Earhardt was wrong to retort to guest Ted Cruz that her colleague, Chris Wallace, did a “fine job” moderating the presidential debate on September 29. While journalists should ask tough questions of guests on policy positions and refrain from taking a position, it is completely inappropriate for any journalist to defend the work of a colleague when a guest is criticizing it unless that guest is putting forth erroneous information. Cruz was simply voicing his opinion that Wallace “did a terrible job,” a sentiment shared by many, and it was not Earhardt’s place to contradict him and blindly defend Wallace because he is a coworker. She even appeared to be lecturing Cruz when she concluded the interview with, “…he’s part of our family, Ted Cruz. I just wanted to clarify that, ’cause we love him.”
It may be that someone was speaking in Earhardt’s ear to utter those words, which would render her outlandish response to Cruz’s remarks even more journalistically egregious.
Your programming overall has allowed anchors to become too opinionated and drift away from a journalism model to one of punditry and cheerleading. For example, after the aforesaid debate, cohost Brian Kilmeade opined that Donald Trump needed to clarify his position on “white supremacy” when he has done so many times in the past, including to Wallace during a 2016 presidential debate, It is not Kilmeade’s role to call for any elected official to say or do anything. A journalist is expected to be neutral and to let politicians take care of themselves. Otherwise, their comments become advocacy, which is exactly what has happened at MSNBC and CNN over the years. As a result of Earhardt’s disrespectful response to Cruz, it is obvious that emotion now prevails over professionalism at Fox News.
Your hiring of Donna Brazile, an admitted prevaricator fired from CNN for her dishonesty in 2016; your continuing provision of airtime to Juan Williams, who over the past few years has become increasingly detached from reality and bitter; and the way in which Newt Gingrich was treated by Melissa Francis and Marie Harf several weeks ago are inexcusable.and telltale signs of the direction in which your “News” organization is headed.
A YouTube video of Thursday’s segment is here.
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Our reference to the interview with Gingrich involved former Obama State Department official and Fox News “Outnumbered” cohost Harf, Francis, and, in an awkward attempt to referee the on-air debacle, Fox’s Harris Faulkner.