Jeanine Pirro Gets Suspended By Fox, Trump Loses It On Twitter. Is He Losing Media War As Well?


If a wandering space traveler came back to Earth once every ten years or so, on a routine reconnaissance, say for a periodical called, “The Lightyear,” I can only imagine her astonishment at the difference between what emanates from the Oval Office in 2009 and 2019. Obama was a “cool dad” on Twitter and his mentions of things like national emergencies were confined to the swine flu epidemic and issues of unquestioned urgency — not made up invasions by non existent forces, for the purpose of ginning up his base of supporters.

Obama was technically the first social media president, because the technology didn’t really exist for any other president, prior to his time. All that has totally changed. Now we have a *resident whose highest literary expression, and philosophical depth, is to be found in 280 characters or less, replete with raging caps and exclamation points. He has honest to God said on Twitter, “I fancy myself something of a writer,” in response to which a real writer, J.K. Rowling, burned him to the ground. This weekend’s rage fest on Twitter, in the wake of the Fox News troubles, is vintage Trump. And make no mistake about it’s meaning: Trump is simultaneously defending his side and escalating the war, after two of his generals, Tucker Carlson and Jeannine Pirro, were struck down in combat in the same week — and for who knows how long.

Double explosions happened within days of one another. Tucker Carlson was publicly censored when Media Matters dug up tapes from his shock jock days, wherein he endorsed sex with underage girls, just as long as they were married. Carlson and Fox News found themselves on the receiving end of ad cancellations, so Carlson went on a vacation, which Sean Hannity assured the world was already planned. Here’s a few snippets if you missed the Carlson debacle. 

“Wait, wait! Hold on a second. The rapist, [read “husband”] in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.” Along the same lines, he defended Warren Jeffs, saying that charges against him were “bullshit” because “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.”

Carlson also had plenty of awful things to say about women in general. At one point, for example, he said he feels sorry for Justice Elena Kagan, who at that point had been nominated for the Supreme Court. “I feel sorry for her in that way. I feel sorry for unattractive women. I mean it’s nothing they did.” He also said women are “like dogs” because “they hate weakness” and “they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic.” He also called Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.”

Carlson feels sorry for Justice Kagan and there is no question in my mind but that she returns the sentiment — in spades.

Then, the next bomb landed on “Judge” Jeannine Pirro (or she pulled the pin on the grenade and blew herself up, depending upon your viewpoint.) Pirro actually had the hubris to question a sitting congresswoman’s patriotism. Here’s a catch-up.

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Ms. Pirro said. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Her comments were widely condemned as prejudiced, including by a Fox News producer, Hufsa Kamal, who wrote to Ms. Pirro on Twitter: “can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself.”

Fox News responded on Sunday, about 24 hours after Ms. Pirro’s show was aired. “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Representative Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” the network said in a statement.

Pirro’s Saturday night prime time show was pre-empted by a documentary rerun on the sexcapades of one of JFK’s nephews. The decision was apparently made at the last minute and not listed in cable guides. Pirro has been been formally put on suspension by Fox News although Fox has not stated for what length of time. Pirro is also in silent running mode on Twitter. Donald Trump, emphatically, is not. No, he came into the corral both Twitter thumbs ablazin.’

Trump’s blasting of tweets, like photon torpedoes, into the ethernet continued. And he made it clear, he wants to go after the media, just like any other banana republic dictator, seeking revenge. 

The president has been friendly for years with Ms. Pirro, whose ex-husband, Al Pirro, served as Mr. Trump’s Westchester County power broker in the 1990s before going to prison for conspiracy and tax evasion. Ms. Pirro, whose television career had stagnated, has watched her ratings rise as she became one of Mr. Trump’s most fervent on-air defenders.[…]

Not for the first time, the president mused about using the power of the federal government to crack down on television programs that make fun of him — the kind of threat usually wielded by autocrats in countries where there is no independent media.

“Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?” Mr. Trump wrote. “There must be Collusion with the Democrats, and, of course, Russia!”

Now, what this all boils down to, is Trump needs the media. He may revile it and disparage it as the enemy of the people, but he needs them desperately. Trump only got where he is by making a caricature out of Hillary Clinton and his other foes in the GOP primary, and dominating the news cycle. That’s what he knows how to do. And Fox News is key in Trump’s grand scheme of things — and Tucker Carlson and Jeannine Pirro are paramount to Fox News. So Carlson and Pirro going to the sponsor’s doghouse is not good news at all for Donald Trump.

A threat to Trump’s dominance of Fox News would be bad at any time, for any reason. But the primaries are ramping up right now. Take a look at this analysis of Trump’s obstacles to victory in 2020 by Axios, which you should read in its entirety.

Among the holes in his 2016 map:

  • In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote after a statewide poll in January that Trump “has a precarious path to victory,” based on the facts that his job approval was just 44%, opposition was more intense than support, and Democrats were more unified than Republicans.

  • In Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports that Trump faces “serious headwinds”: “Less than half of likely voters believe he’s doing a good job, according to some recent polls, and many, if not most, plan to vote for someone else.”

  • “Pennsylvania meltdown triggers Republican alarms,” Politico wrote after the midterms. “A GOP collapse threatens to torpedo Donald Trump’s re-election prospects.”

  • In last weekend’s Iowa Poll, 67% of Republicans said they would definitely vote to re-elect Trump, while 27% said they would consider someone else or definitely vote for someone else. 40% want a GOP challenger.

Trump didn’t get elected the first time by that much of a margin. This time he faces not only the issues just enumerated, but he’s also “being squeezed from both the north and  south” according to Axios. Arizona, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina are now “realistically in play,” and as to Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Axios points out, these three states are “swingy — not super liberal.”

Put the big picture together now: Trump still has issues with the Mueller investigation, and we still only see the tip of an iceberg that Robert Mueller knows every centimeter of. The only other people who know what Mueller potentially has on Trump, are Trump himelf and Vladimir Putin. Then, Trump faces an uphill battle in 2020, as discussed, and the primaries are only just beginning; and, finally, his propaganda machine, Fox News, seems to be turning on him. At the very least, they’re letting him down. And they will continue to let him down, as long as their hosts keep making ill-advised cracks that translate into the loss of advertising dollars. Rupert Murdoch didn’t get to be a billionaire by being stupid or careless — unlike Donald Trump, who manages to remain a billionaire (on paper, at least) despite endless stupidity and carelessness.

All in all, it doesn’t look like a rosy future for Comrade Cheeto. Plus, he’s having more bad hair days, as his baldness progresses, as baldness is wont to do. Sigh. Be of good cheer, this insanity can’t last forever, and when the space correspondent swings by in another ten years, she’ll be able to report that everything got back to normal on Earth, and the Trump phenomenon was just an outrageous political anomaly — or, that the place is glowing neon blue in the dark, and you can see it from Alpha Centauri with the naked eye.

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38 Comments on "Jeanine Pirro Gets Suspended By Fox, Trump Loses It On Twitter. Is He Losing Media War As Well?"

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“The president has been friendly for years with Ms. Pirro, whose ex-husband, Al Pirro, served as Mr. Trump’s Westchester County power broker in the 1990s before going to prison for conspiracy and tax evasion.”

Good grief, is the pool of felons in Trump’s circle absolutely bottomless?

Denis Elliott
Fox has been bleeding advertising revenue. Show’s like Pirro’s and Carlson’s just can’t afford to keep losing that money, especially since some of those companies have stopped advertising not just on certain shows but on Fox News in general. For all there crowing about the best ratings in cable “news” (not anymore though – MSNBC has been kicking their ass in prime time for months now) it’s not like the old days when there were only three networks, or four if you count when CNN changed the landscape. In truth the Fox audience was more like the best polling candidate… Read more »

This was a fucking awesome story, Ursula. So happy to see them going to hell. He is nothing without the media. He would shrivel up and die without it.


Thank you Ms. Faw. I wish I could write like you. I share many of your points of view.


I’m wondering when Trump is going to run out of willing minions. Not competent ones–those have long since fled the building–just minions period. Anybody watching has GOT to figure it’s not worth it.


” Anybody watching has GOT to figure it’s not worth it.”
Except for the minions who need a worthless leader who may throw some coins their way!

peace with stories

Anyone watching GoT (game of thrones) knows where it’ll end.


Right on, Peace…Valor Morghulis.


Goddess Bless the space correspondent! Alpha Centauri rocks!
Baldness, purported psycological abnormalities, oppostion by fellows within the shrinking tribe and other such formalities don’t seem to be in favor of the current POTUS (Perniciously Off The Unobstructive Spectrum). Just sayin…