Fox News star Sean Hannity has an answer when accused of gross violations of journalistic ethics: He never claimed to be a journalist! However unconvincing, that excuse, combined with his vaunted perch at Fox, has allowed the talk show host to survive scandals that would have blacklisted lesser stars in any normal medium.
Fox presenter Maria Bartiromo says she’s a journalist All the time.
Before the Trump years, Bartiromo had developed a reputation as a serious business journalist, who, despite a little deference to Wall Street, made history by becoming the first to broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Punk legend Joey Ramone even wrote a song about her.
Unfortunately, Bartiromo’s hard-won reputation began to crumble when she began giving voice to Trump’s baseless lies about voter fraud. (She is currently a defendant in a lawsuit brought by polling company Smartmatic, which was wrongfully accused of participating in an election-rigging conspiracy.) And on Friday, Bartiromo’s credibility took another hit when CNN published texts from the cache of correspondence that Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, turned over to the committee of the 6 january.
Among them was that jaw-dropping Nov. 29 exchange between Bartiromo and Meadows, regarding an upcoming interview with Trump. In the texts, Bartiromo feeds Meadows the questions she intends to ask the president, and even sketches a to respond for him, suggesting that Trump is quoting a quite unconvincing article published by the far-right news site The Federalist.
Hey the public wants to know they will fight this. They want to hear a path to victory. and he’s in control,” Bartiromo sent out at 9:21 a.m. “1Q You said MANY TIMES THIS ELECTION IS rigged… And the facts are on your side. Let’s start there. What are the facts ? Characterize what happened here. Then I’ll dive deeper into fraud, including the statistical impossibilities of Biden (federalist) magic. Please make sure it doesn’t go off on tangents. We want to know that he is strong, he is a fighter and he is going to win. It’s not about him anymore. It’s about ????. I will also ask him about big tech and media influencing the ejection. Towards the end, I’ll touch on GA runoffs and then vaccines.
Less than an hour later, Trump gave Bartiromo his first interview since Election Day. Her line of questioning was more or less the same as what she described in the texts. Despite Bartiromo’s plea for Trump to stay on message, the former president went off on a tangent, speaking not of evidence of fraud but that ‘country leaders’ had called him to say that ‘c This is the most messed up election we’ve ever seen.