‘I want to quit’: Fox News employees slam their network’s awful Russia coverage

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Fox News employees just leaked to CNN that they are humiliated by how their network is covering the recent charges made by special counsel Robert Mueller against key Trump campaign officials.

“I’m watching now and screaming,” one Fox News personality texted CNN while watching the network. “I want to quit.”

“It is another blow to journalists at Fox who come in every day wanting to cover the news in a fair and objective way,” one senior Fox News employee told CNN, describing the newsroom as a place of “many eye rolls” in regards to how the story has been covered. “Fox feels like an extension of the Trump White House.”
On Monday, President Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States. Unsealed court records revealed on the same day that another Trump associate had pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his relationship with Russian-linked officials, and had been working as a witness on the FBI’s behalf for the past few months.
Fox News did feature this bombshell story as its lead story, but unlike CNN and MSNBC, but it spent a significant amount of time on other issues like the NFL protest, the GOP’s tax reform plan, and North Korea. Much of its Russia coverage was based around discrediting Mueller, with one lead story framing the issue as “Mueller’s ‘ridiculous’ claims?”



“This kind of coverage does the viewer a huge disservice and further divides the country,” one Fox News personality told CNN.

Fox News journalists particularly loathed the coverage done by the network’s pro-Trump opinion hosts, such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. Hannity has echoed Trump’s term “witch hunt” when describing Mueller’s investigation, a term that runs counter to the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community.


“It’s an embarrassment,” another Fox News employee echoed to CNN. “Frankly, there are shows on our network that are backing the President at all costs, and it’s that short term strategy that undermines the good work being done by others.”

“That segment on Outbumbered [questioning Mueller’s integrity] was absurd and deserves all the scorn it can get,” a Fox News employee told CNN, referencing the network’s noontime talk show. The person described that it was “laughable seeing Hannity and [Laura] Ingraham tripping over themselves saying [Mueller’s team has] found nothing thus far.”

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