There must be some rhyme or reason to this, and if you can figure it out, please explain it to the rest of us. Fox News is going back and forth and up, down and sideways on this Atlantic bombshell story about Trump’s disrespect for the military. If you haven’t already, read the two previous stories of mine on this blog and that will get you up to speed.
Fox contributor knocks Fox reporter for noting Fox has now confirmed key details of The Atlantic's reporting. https://t.co/8kFBS08MHq
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 4, 2020
Now the “contributor” being referred to has deleted his or her tweet. So we will never know what that’s about. But here are some others that show how this matter is anything but resolved.
I used to manage the Fox News dot com homepage. This would be an extraordinary and unusual decision to run this denial as the top story despite having confirmed key details of the reporting https://t.co/GOf2RUjXcV
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) September 4, 2020
It would save a lot of time if the Media would just tell us what fake stories they will be announcing over the next six weeks, and when each story will be released
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 5, 2020
I’m just going to do some speculation here, not conspiracy theory: I think that it’s reasonable to conjecture that the Murdochs don’t want to stick by just publicizing Trump’s denial and their own story on “The Five” wherein the Atlantic story was called a “hoax” and “fake” because they know it’s true. So they’re waffling. With Jen Griffin’s reporting, they can look good afterwards and say that they reported the facts and were one of three news outlets to back up the Atlantic piece. They also have the denial at the top of the website, so they look like they’re supporting Trump. It’s a good job of having one’s cake and eating it, too. I’ve never seen this before in journalism, but then again, Fox News is unique.
Another possibility, is that their reporter, Griffin, set out to debunk the story and when she began talking to people, found out that it was true. Management may have become convinced to ease back from their “Trump Denies” coverage and ease into covering what actually took place.
Again, just speculation. But this is a theory that basically fits the facts and until we get more facts to analyze, this is as good an idea as I can come up with. I await your views in the comments.