- Fox News’ coverage of Donald Trump’s landmark federal indictment relied heavily on his defense.
- On Fox News, hosts and guests questioned documents found in Joe Biden’s office and garage.
- Trump wrote on Truth Social that he was charged in connection with an investigation into mishandling of documents.
Fox News unhesitatingly leaned into the defense of former President Donald Trump, following news that the former president has been charged with seven counts related to a mismanagement investigation. government documents.
All this despite tensions earlier this year between the GOP frontrunner and the conservative network. Trump’s relationship with Fox News took a hit when text messages sent by hosts, now former hosts, and executives poking fun at Trump and pro-Trump conspiracy theories were uncovered in Dominion’s libel lawsuit Voting System against the network.
In April, Fox News finally settled the lawsuit with Dominion for a record $787.5 million, over Trump’s false 2020 election interference allegations, echoed by network and Fox Business guests and hosts. . The network said the settlement “reflects FOX’s ongoing commitment to the highest journalistic standards.”
Yet, like most of his 2024 GOP challengers, rather than walk away from the now twice-indicted former president, Fox News followed Trump’s own tactic: swerve, attack your accuser, and say you’re the target of political opponents.
“Hannity” was originally slated to host former Trump vice president Mike Pence, who just entered the 2024 race. However, the candidate, by what a spokesperson for Pence called a mutual agreement, will did not show up.
Instead, the host and guests moved on from asking about Hillary Clinton emails and documents found in the possession of President Joe Biden — whose investigation is still ongoing — and pivoted to a new story of alleged Biden corruption, reported by Fox News.
But nothing came close to a nearly nine-minute rant by Mark Levin claiming without evidence that it was a political stunt by the United States Attorney General.
The problem? The charges have not yet been disclosed. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, including former presidents, and in terms of facts, we don’t know much so far. What we find will be in the hands of a jury.
What we do know now is that Trump said he was ordered to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, where he will be arraigned and appear before a judge.