In Totally Non-Hitler Fashion, Democrats Demand Oversight of Fox News
In news that should have normal people laughing until their sides hurt, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News now has more viewers than CNN’s entire primetime lineup combined. That’s Tucker Carlson, all by his lonesome.
When you add in the viewership of Hannity, Laura Ingraham and other Fox News shows, it’s like the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Nationals.
This infuriates Democrats in Congress, of course, because they prefer Americans to be wide-eyed, gullible and compliant to their totalitarian wishes. Which is why the House Oversight Committee is now demanding editorial oversight of Fox News.
Check your calendar. It’s not April Fool’s Day. That’s a real thing. One of the most powerful committees in the US Congress, led by the Democrats, is demanding documents from Fox News in retaliation for whipping their friends at CNN and MSNBC. Here’s what has happened, so far.
Fox News reporter Dana Falzone heard rumblings in 2016 about a possible affair between candidate Donald Trump and a porn star huckster named Stormy Daniels.
Falzone did some digging, but was unable to corroborate the story, so Fox News did the responsible thing. They did not report a rumor about a presidential candidate. That, by the way, is exactly how journalism is supposed to work.
Anyone who has ever worked at the assignment desk in a newsroom (present company included) will tell you that the fax machine and the phone lines never stop ringing. 75 percent of what comes in is press releases from nonprofits and other announcements of benign things that aren’t even remotely interesting or newsworthy.
About 5 percent of what comes is actually newsworthy and interesting. And the remaining 25 percent are insane ramblings, manifestos, UFO sightings and crazed conspiracy theories about who the real mother of Sarah Palin’s baby is.
Responsible news outlets filter out all of the kooky stuff and only report factual information that can be corroborated with multiple sources, yadda yadda yadda.
The Stormy Daniels story didn’t pan out, so Fox News did the adult thing and didn’t run it at the time. So now, the New Yorker ran a piece last month and accused the dastardly Fox News of “spiking” the Stormy Daniels story to help Donald Trump get elected.
Because when outlets like CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, ABC News, CBS News and PBS spike stories about blue dresses with DNA stains, illegal email servers, or photographs of Democrat presidential candidates in Muslim garb aiming an AK-47 at the American flag, it’s totally different.
Fueled by the irresponsible journalism of the New Yorker, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is demanding all of Dana Falzone’s documents pertaining to Donald Trump’s rumored extramarital affairs.
He’s also threatened to subpoena Fox News executive Ken LaCorte’s emails, claiming that LaCorte is guilty of spiking the unprovable story to help Trump win the election.
Cummings’ strategy is that if he can find a smoking gun, he’ll use it to punish Fox News for making an “in-kind” political contribution to the Trump campaign.
So far, Fox News and LaCorte have told Cummings to go pound sand, which is the legally correct response. Falzone has said she’s happy to cooperate with the committee but can’t turn over anything due to the non-disclosure agreement that all reporters sign with their employers.
This is yet another example of the tyrannical political left being unable to see past its own nose. Elijah Cummings is too much of a dim bulb to ever envision a day when Democrats are not in control of the House of Representatives, even though they’ve only been in power for a few months.
He can’t possibly imagine what would happen if he gets to exercise oversight of Fox News and then the shoe is suddenly on the other foot after the 2020 election.
That’s why we have a unique suggestion: Fox News should drag its feet for a few months, and then fully comply with Cummings when the 2020 election season is in full swing.
After Republicans win the House back in 2020, the GOP should put someone like Louis Gohmert (R-TX) or Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in charge of the Oversight Committee. And then let them use the “Cummings Rule” of media editorial oversight like a sledge hammer on CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the gaggle of media outlets that serve as the official mouthpiece of the Democrat Party.
That’s only fair, right?
The only way Democrats will ever learn is if their own tyrannical policies are used against them.