In an interview with Brian Stelter of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” former Washington Post reporter and Watergate investigative journalist Carl Bernstein has accused Fox News hosts and guests of “abetting a cover-up” in Trump’s Russia scandal by calling for special counsel Robert Mueller’s firing (see video below).
From former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to even Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox’s hosts and guests – who comprise the closest the United States has to state-run propaganda – have engaged in a baseless smear campaign against Mueller as the special counselor continues to quickly hone in on Trump’s inner circle.
“It abets a cover-up because there is a cover-up going on in the White House and among Trump’s aides and former aides relating to the investigations,” Bernstein told Stelter. “We don’t know what the cover-up is about, whether it constitutes an obstruction of justice or a criminal conspiracy at this point.”
“But yes,” he added “because the commentators that you are hearing and showing are not open in any way to the best obtainable version of the truth, to facts, context, who seem to be oblivious to the serial lying of the President of the United States and members of his family and staff. They are abetting a cover-up.”
Trump and his cronies at Fox may be satisfied with their nationwide misinformation campaign, but they are putting themselves in dangerous territory with their blind devotion to the President. If they were able to see beyond the tips of their noses, they would realize that the Trump administration is going down like a sinking ship; if they plan on maintaining even a modicum of legitimacy in the days after the Trump presidency (which may indeed come sooner rather than later), they may want to rethink their loyalties to the criminal currently residing in the White House.