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.

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’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.

 

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16 Comments on "Fox News In Chaos, Still Reporting Conflicting Views on Atlantic Bombshell"

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p j evans
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news side gets it right, entertainment/propaganda side trying to deny it

Concinnity
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Someone should tell Fox that you can’t have your cake and eat it too, withoutspilling vomit all over yourself.

Which is unsightly and smells awful.

Oh wait…

Scott Jackson
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Fox is not, nor has ever been anything but a right wing propaganda machine. Goebbles would have been proud.

Bareshark
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Sure but they’re usually more consistent on what narrative they’re sticking with. This is downright schizophrenic.

Roger
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It might also reflect a rift in the Murdoch family. Lachlan is not Rupert. Maybe we can look forward to a post-Trump era in which Fox either self-destructs, or loses it’s broadcast licenses. It’s as much a disgrace as Trump.

Bareshark
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Such a future terrifies the Murdoch clan. Do recall how they sold off all their accurately labelled entertainment in 20th Century Fox to Disney. Fox “News” is all they have left. That goes down, they’re done.

rory darjiit
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I’ve never worked in journalism, but this made me think of working for a large bank when the financial crisis hit. All of a sudden, our reality shifted on ways we were not prepared for. This caused departments to all go in their own direction, which created even more confusion and disorder. Nobody knew what was happening, and there was a free for all. I think some of the same behaviors are at play here. Put yourself in Fox’s shoes (barf). They’re prepared for all sorts of narratives based on their mythology of good and evil in 2020 America. If… Read more »
Bareshark
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As Aesop put it, “Please all and you will please none.” Fox is now in the same position Republican Senators have been in vis-a-vis Trump: trying to thread a needle with a railroad tie. They’re trying to have it both ways but they’re going to have to choose sooner or later. This strikes me as just delaying that choice.

gettin too old for this sh!t
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gettin too old for this sh!t

” trying to thread a needle with a railroad tie. ” I am so stealing this!

Bareshark
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Be my guess, Old. It does fit.

Joseph
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“I’ve never seen this before in journalism, but then again, Fox News is unique.” No, Ursula, that should read “I’ve never seen this before in journalism, but then again, Fox News is not journalism.” It’s nothing more than propaganda. To quote David Byrne and the Talking Heads, “Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.” There are whole sets of lyrics from that song–“Once in a Lifetime”–that could apply to the whole Trumpian nightmare: “And you may find yourself in a beautiful house/With a beautiful wife/And you may ask yourself/Well, how did I get here?” “And you may… Read more »
Ilene Proctor
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Doing the Foxtrot. Sancing on both sides of the aisle.

priscianus jr
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Yes, I can explain it. Fox News is fair and balanced. They report — you decide.

Rita
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This sounds exactly like something trump would say ……yes, he said it !