The New York Times reported early this month that the president watches up to eight hours of cable TV news a day, and Fox News is his absolute favorite.
It is well known that President Trump gets his information from Fox News.
Studies have found that Americans who watch Fox News aren’t just less informed than other news consumers, but know less than people who don’t watch any news at all.
Here are top 5 Fox News lies and misinformation Trump has repeated since his election.
1. In late October, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted on a dozen charges, including money laundering, conspiracy and tax fraud. Fox & Friends quickly got to work spreading the lie that his illegal actions had occurred “many years before he joined Trump.” Fox News talking heads ran with their assigned angle, with Geraldo Rivera and contributor Byron York stating Manafort’s “alleged crimes, if they took place, took place years before he joined the Trump campaign.”
2. In their feverish haste to impugn James Comey, Fox & Friends writers totally misread a report from reputable news outlet the Hill. The source article indicated that of the seven memos the former FBI director wrote detailing his troubling conversations with Trump, four contained classified information. He had previously stated, testifying before the Senate, that he shared one memo that did not contain classified information with a friend to leak to press. But a Fox & Friends segment and subsequent tweet claimed that the former FBI director had leaked “top secret information” to a friend, a declaration with no relationship to the truth.
“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media,” Trump tweeted, his obvious source the bad information provided by Fox & Friends. “That is so illegal!”
3. In their ongoing efforts to demonize Islam, Fox News put its spotlight on a documentary linking the increase in violent crime in Sweden with the arrival of brown migrants. After watching the report on a Friday night, a confused and fact-indifferent Trump told an audience on Saturday that a terror attack had just occurred.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this?” Trump lamented to a Florida crowd. “Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible.”
4. In the early morning of March 7, Fox & Friends reported that the “Trump administration just killed a former Guantanamo Bay detainee released by Barack Obama…He had been released back in 2009 even though the Department of Defense recommended that he stay behind bars. One hundred twenty-two prisoners released from Gitmo have returned to the battlefield.”
5. Donald Trump declared that “the West was saved with the blood of patriots,” during his visit on Poland last summer.
Fox News aired the speech, but instead of Trump’s actual words, the chyron offered a misquote that read, “POTUS: WEST SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF PATRIARCHS.”
Tickers, chyrons and other onscreen graphics are often written quickly, and errors are not a big deal.
However, Trump tweeted the Fox News clip featuring the typo, despite the fact that it contained a total misstatement of his own words. Who knows, knowing Trump maybe he truly meant to say that bloodthirsty dads, fighting to the death, are the real heroes.