We’ve all seen how Trump’s tweets, and often his policies, originate with something he saw on Fox News. It has become such an obvious phenomenon that it’s been given a name: the Trump-Fox feedback loop. Just last week the president issued a pardon for Kristian Saucier five days after the Navy sailor pled his case on “Fox and Friends.”
With all of the recent turnover in the White House and the president deciding that it’s time for Trump to be more Trumpish, I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that he’s filling the newly opened positions with people he’s watched on Fox News.
The State Department employee who was fired because he wouldn’t tow the White House line on the firing of Tillerson will be replaced by former “Fox and Friends” host Heather Nauert. The Washington Post is reporting that Trump is eyeing “Fox and Friends” host Pete Hegseth to replace David Shulkin as secretary of veterans affairs. While Larry Kudlow doesn’t have a show on that network, he’s a TV personality who, as Dana Milbank documents, “may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive.” That sounds like the perfect description of a Fox News personality to me.
At some point, it might make more sense to cut out the middle man and simply bring the entire network right into the White House. I hear Trump might be looking for a new attorney general. How about Judge Jeanine Pirro? I’ll bet she wouldn’t succumb to a ridiculous notion about the need to recuse herself from an investigation of the president. Sean Hannity could be the next communications director. He’s already playing the role by being willing to say anything in defense of this president.
Plutocrats like Trump are always looking for mergers and acquisitions. Why limit that to the private sector? I’m not sure that a merger between the White House and Fox News would be that much worse than the trajectory we’re already on.