With headlines like “Fox News warns Fox News about spreading pro-Trump ‘disinformation’ on Ukraine,” “Internal Fox News Research Reportedly Warns About Fake News … On Fox News,” and “Fox News Criticized Its Own Guests For Spewing Lies About Ukraine,” you knew it was a hot story.
Fox News’ own research team has warned colleagues not to trust some of the network’s top commentators’ claims about Ukraine.
We’re going to take a leap and presume the colleagues being warned are the circus performers during primetime and the three Kurvy Kouch doofusses.
And it names names: Contributor John Solomon, talking heads Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova and, unsurprisingly, frequent Fox News gasbag Rudy Giuliani.
The internal report accuses Solomon, whose articles for his former employer “The Hill” are now under internal scrutiny, of playing an “indispensable role” in a Ukrainian “disinformation campaign.”
The same accusation is levelled at Toensing and diGenova.
As for Giuliani, the 162 page document says he played a significant role in amplifying disinformation, as part of an effort to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Entitled “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration,” the document was created by Fox News senior political affairs specialist Bryan S. Murphy, who produces research from what is known as the network’s Brain Room—a newsroom division of researchers who provide information, data, and topic guides for the network’s programming.
Solomon, in particular, in singled out for his “journalism” claiming that the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 election.
Solomon’s pieces for “The Hill” fueled Giuliani’s efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine, which eventually helped lead to Trump’s impeachment.
Trump has also frequently cited Solomon’s questionable reporting on Twitter in his own defense.
While Solomon is portrayed on Hannity’s primetime circus as a crusading “investigative reporter”—despite The Hill overtly branding him an opinion columnist—the Brain Room document accuses the contributor of taking part in a Ukrainian smear campaign.
“John Solomon played an indispensable role in the collection and domestic publication of elements of this disinformation campaign,” the Fox briefing book notes.
Despite Solomon’s reputation for questionable claims, he continued to be a fixture on Fox News even as impeachment inquiry witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (yes, the same Alexander Vindman who was frog-marched out the White House Friday)—who listened in on the infamous quid pro quo call between Trump and Ukraine’s president—testified that “all the elements” of the columnist’s supposed Ukraine reporting were “false.”
Giuliani is described in the report as having a “high susceptibility to disinformation.”
Don’t expect this extensive piece of documentation to have any real effect on the prime-time circus that is Fox News – nor on the three dim-witted denizens of the morning Kurvy Kouch.
And as long as the revenue rolls in, Fox “News” management won’t do a damned thing.
If you’d like a look at the complete (though somewhat redacted) report, here you go.