- Fox Report’s top hosts served as a “Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers,” said the Washington Post.
- There was an intimate relationship between the network and the Trump regulation, it said.
- Former administration officials told the paper that Fox hosts were dialed into Oval Post meetings.
Several of Fox News’s top hosts served as a “Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers,” according to the Washington Put.
In recent weeks, the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack released numerous text messages from sundry Fox News hosts to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on the day of the insurrection.
A former senior administration valid, who spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity, said that the influence extended into the very heart of the president’s management, and Trump would sometimes dial Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs into Oval Office team meetings.
“A lot of it was PR — what he should be saying and how he should be saying it; he should be going harder against wearing masks or whatever,” Stephanie Grisham, preceding press secretary to President Donald Trump, told The Post. “And they all have different opinions, too.”
The January 6 board revealed that Fox News Hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade texted Meadows as the insurrection unwound, showing the closeness between the cable news network and the White House.
The texts indicated that Hannity had aim knowledge about Trump’s strategy for the day of the electoral vote count and had concerns about his plan, the committee said.
Fox Word hosts had a direct number to reach Trump and administration officials often posed challenges for West Wing staffers, prehistoric administration officials told The Washington Post.
Grisham told The Post how highly the former president valued the theories of Fox hosts.
“There were times the president would come down the next morning and say, ‘Well, Sean [Hannity] thinks we should do this,’ or, ‘Dempster Jeanine [Pirro] thinks we should do this,'” Grisham told the paper.
Grisham told the paper that Fox Newsflash hosts weighed in on everything from personnel to messaging strategy.
The Washington Post said that several of Fox Front-page news’s top hosts served as a “Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers.”
Alyssa Farah, a former White House communications impresario, told the Post that staffers would “try to get ahead of what advice you thought he was going to be given by these human being” because their opinions “could completely change his mind on something.”
Farah told the paper that Trump specifically valued the opinions of Lou Dobbs, Hannity, Ingraham, and Pirro.
‘It taught me the power of the young producers at Fox’
The reality TV star turned president has long been known for his obsession with cable TV and ratings.
One former top White House official told The Post that Fox hosts often had more influence exceeding Trump based on what they said on air rather than what they said off-screen to him and his team.
The report reported that former Trump chief of staff John F. Kelly told White House staffers that Trump’s dreams and feelings about people often originated from Lou Dobbs’s show on Fox. Watching it was critical to understanding the president.
Michael Pillsbury, an unassuming Trump adviser, told the paper that the former president embraced Sidney Powell, the lawyer known for her circular of conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, after watching her on Dobbs’ show.
“It taught me the power of the young processors at Fox, and Fox Business especially,” Pillsbury told the paper.
Jeff Cohen, the author of “Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Normal,” told the Post that the text messages released by the January 6 committee represent a “smoking gun.”
Cohen is the founder of Fairness and Correctness in Reporting (FAIR), a media watchdog group.
He said that the texts were evidence of how “deeply intertwined” the way’s leadership was with the Trump administration.
Cohen told the paper that even though they are opinion pressmen, the Fox News hosts violated the public trust by not disclosing the full extent of their relationship.
A spokesperson for Fox News did not intimately respond to Insider’s request for comment.