The House Dems are kicking things up a notch. They usually just try and make bad policy but now it appears they want to control the biggest conservative network FOX News. The House Dem are specifically claiming that FOX News was negligent in its duties for not publishing anything about Stormy Daniels until after Trump won.
“Fox may have broken campaign contribution laws because I (LaCorte) wouldn’t publish a half-cooked Stormy Daniels story two weeks before the 2016 election. It’s another silly notion that, unfortunately, Congress is now acting on.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) took the bait, and is now bringing newsroom debate into his House Oversight Committee for investigation. In a letter sent to the former reporter, Diana Falzone, he asked for her working documents on the story, as well as an interview with the committee.”
But this far from the case as the editor at the time Ken LaCorte will tell you.
“On October 18, I got my first look at the Stormy Daniels story written by Fox reporter Diana Falzone, who primarily covered celebrity news for print and video. It wasn’t a detailed investigative piece as the media has portrayed this week, but a 9-paragraph story that sorely needed backup.
It included: a two-word confirmation – “it’s true” – from an unnamed Daniels “spokesperson,” an anonymous quote from a friend who said she’d dropped off Daniels to meet Trump at a hotel, and quotes from The Dirty owner, who said that he had spoken to Daniels in 2011 and she had confirmed the affair.
It lacked: any mention of payments, a hush money contract or any corroborating evidence beyond the two secondhand accounts.
On top of that, Stormy Daniels herself had publicly denied the whole thing, a denial she would maintain for another year.
The story wasn’t close to being publishable, and my decision to hold it was a no-brainer. I didn’t do it to help Trump and never said nor implied otherwise. It was such an easy call that I never even informed my direct boss or anyone in management about it.
Still, our editors told Falzone to keep digging until, a week before the election, Stormy and her friends went radio silent.”
Falzone and LaCorte are both refusing to comply with the House Dems demands.
But despite this account House Dems believe that Fox News was secretly working with Trump and squelched this story to aid in his campaign.
This is how free speech dies and the govt takes over what you are allowed to think. As it is FOX contends with MSNBC, CNN, WaPo, and most of the MSM. Are we about to enter a time when Congress decides 0n what news outlets can and can’t publish? Geez and here I thought we lived in America.