While Trump watches on, Fox & Friends hosts tirelessly defend him. On Thursday, they downplayed the alarming rhetoric the president used Tuesday about how the U.S. military will respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jung-un issues further threats, characterizing loose talk about nuclear attacks as just something presidents do.
Live-tweeting cable news has downsides. In July, an inaccurate report featured by Fox & Friends quickly became part of a vicious attack President Trump madeagainst the New York Times. (Fox News refused to apologize for the error.) And earlier this week, Trump — who has loudly and repeatedly decried leaks of classified information — retweeted a Fox News story involving classified national security information leaked to a reporter by anonymous U.S. officials.
Trump has allegedly been directly involved in Fox News’ dissemination of politically motivated disinformation. Last week, longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler filed a defamation lawsuit against the network alleging that the White House urged the network to published a since-retracted report linking the murder of a former DNC staffer with WikiLeaks, because Trump administration officials thought it would sow doubt about the extent of Russian cyberattacks against Democratic targets.
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