The two sides of Fox News were on full display Friday. On one side was the small handful of serious journalists at the network like Chris Wallace and Bret Baier who have demonstrated they are willing to break from Donald Trump to deliver the news fairly and accurately. That is a far cry from how that network usually engages in their operations.
On the other side were the right-wing talkers like Jesse Watters, Tucker Carlson, and Sean Hannity who spin and deceive the audience in service of Trump on a regular basis. The difference between these two sides could not be laid barer on a day like Friday.
If you want to know why so many of our fellow citizens are so seriously wrong on the facts and acting so careless about our republic all one needs to do is spend some time watching Fox News to understand why.
I do not drink, but Lord knows I really should if spending any amount of time with that network. My coffee intake already makes me a live wire, so taking in the nighttime antics of the right-wingers is more than I can handle.
But during the day-time, there are actual moments of clarity. Two of the top anchors at Fox said that Trump’s Friday morning tweets attacking Yovanovitch raised the possibility of an additional article of impeachment being added against Trump for witness tampering. I strongly concur with that assessment.
Bret Baier said Trump’s tweets “enabled” Adam Schiff to “characterize that tweet as intimidating the witness or tampering with the witness, which is a crime.” Baier continued on to say that Trump was, “adding, essentially, an article of impeachment real-time as this hearing is going on.”
Chris Wallace agreed with Baier, noting the attack “played out in real-time.” Wallace said, “It does raise the possibility of witness intimidation and witness tampering as a new charge here.”
Wallace appeared quite moved by Yovanovitch’s testimony. He called it “very powerful testimony” from a career diplomat who had served presidents of both parties. In fact, Wallace went so far as to say, “If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse.”
I suspect most of the Trump base lack more than a pulse. They lack the education to grasp the law of the land that has been trampled by Trump, the true sense of patriotism that must run deeper than partisanship, and the spine to stand up to what they know to be wrong—and in so doing accept the responsibility for taking our nation down such a rugged national ditch with their 2016 vote.
And so it goes.