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The Fox TV President
When a guy does not read, isn't curious and gets most of his info from Fox News (and has a bad temper and big ego), Trump is exactly the sort of President you'd expect..

Quote:President Donald Trump’s work day has shrunk since the early days of his presidency, Axios reported Sunday, often not starting until 11 a.m. and including hours of “executive time” that he largely spends watching TV, tweeting and talking on the phone. Axios, which was shown copies of his private schedules, also reported that Trump is holding far fewer meetings than previously in his term. Trump’s daily schedule usually has 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. blocked out for “executive time,” according to the report, “but the reality is he spends that time in his residence, watching TV, making phone calls and tweeting.” His work days typically end at 6 p.m. Last month, the New York Times reported Trump spends four to eight hours a day watching TV. His first meeting of the day is often an intelligence briefing at 11 a.m., Axios said. The late start is a significant departure from his predecessors: former President Barack Obama reportedly started his work day between 9 and 10 a.m., and former President George W. Bush started his day around 6:45 a.m.
Trump’s work day said to start late to allow time for TV, Twitter - MarketWatch

Is it a surprise that such a one-sided 'informed' President:
  • Sprouts a host of conspiracy theories (Deep state nonsense, Benghazi, Clinton emails, birther nonsense, etc.)
  • Thinks Obamacare is collapsing
  • Thinks the economy was really bad under Obama and has drastically improved under him
Quote:President Donald Trump said he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures" and the killing of farmers there. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa previously announced that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is forging ahead with plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation, as whites still own most of the land, more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Trump's tweet appeared to be a response to a Fox News report that focused on South Africa's land issue and murders of white farmers.
Trump asks Mike Pompeo to look at South African land seizures and 'large scale killing of farmers' - Business Insider

All in one:
  • Fox News setting the agenda
  • The president not missing an opportunity to signal to his white supremacist base that he's really with them
For those that actually think there is any mass killing of white farmers going on, it's a white nationalist conspiracy theory:

Quote:Trump is referring to a virulent, racist conspiracy theory that has been a pet cause of hardcore white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the alt-right for several years. More recently, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, one of the president’s favorite conservative cable news pundits, has taken up the cause. The conspiracy theory is based on the very real — and very controversial — issue of post-Apartheid land reform in South Africa. But the white nationalists who propagate it have taken what is a genuinely thorny issue and magnified it beyond all objective fact, twisting it into what they see as a nightmare cautionary tale of “white genocide.” Here’s what’s going on — and why it’s so disturbing that Trump is now basing US foreign policy decisions on a fringe white nationalist conspiracy theory.
South African farmers: Trump’s tweet, explained - Vox

Read article for details..
More from the closed loop Fox-Trump, impervious to facts (Mark Levin made this claim on Fox, arguing that the payments were a private matter that had little to do with the presidential campaign and therefore not a crime as it's not illegal to pay someone hush money):

Quote:President Donald Trump has echoed a popular right-wing talking point in recent days. He says the campaign-finance crimes to which his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty aren't crimes. The argument was first made by right-wing radio host Mark Levin. Campaign-finance experts said this argument was "nonsense." 

But the payments were made with the express purpose of benefitting the campaign, as Cohen said in court and prosecutors said they could corroborate based on the evidence they had gathered. The campaign's benefit wasn't a bug of the payments — it was the feature. Additionally, the payments exceeded the maximum-allowed contribution, and they were not reported. Both are illegal. Cohen admitted in court he knew at the time that he was breaking the law. "These were not just allegations by the government," Larry Noble, senior director and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center and former general counsel of the FEC, told Business Insider in an email. "Cohen admitted to the violations of federal law under oath and a federal judge accepted the plea. So, Trump is not only attacking the SDNY for getting the felony plea, but he is also saying a federal judge wrongly approved that plea." "In a word, the argument is nonsense," added Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at Common Cause, in an email to Business Insider. "Literally, the argument does not make sense."
Trump echoes popular right-wing talking point: Michael Cohen crimes aren't crimes - Business Insider
For the president that prefers to take his cues from Fox, rather than experts on the ground and briefings..

Quote:Speaking to reporters briefly at the White House, Donald Trump repeated the most consequential of the many lies of his presidency — that the federal government did a “fantastic job” in its response to last year’s Hurricane Maria catastrophe that killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico. Kyle Griffin ✔ @kylegriffin1 Trump defends the government response in Puerto Rico the day after Puerto Rico raised its death toll from Hurricane Maria to 2,975. "I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico ... I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we've done." (via ABC) 4:15 PM - Aug 29, 2018 511 913 people are talking about this 

That’s a line that Trump has maintained ever since he made a belated visit to the island after two straight weekends golfing, followed by the observation that “it’s been incredible the results that we’ve had with respect to loss of life.” In fact, the results they had with respect to the loss of life were awful. Awful in terms of the sheer number of dead, but also awful in terms of the reluctance from the very beginning to deliver an accurate death count. That the disaster turned out to be deadlier even than Hurricane Katrina is shocking, and the fact that it took the government until this week to finally acknowledge that fact is an entirely separate shock. 

Trump is a president who can’t even properly execute a relatively simple presidential task like leading the national mourning for the late Sen. John McCain in an appropriate way. Faced with something genuinely difficult like a strong hurricane hitting an island whose electrical infrastructure was already in rocky shape, he just totally failed with catastrophic consequences. Trump’s instinct from Day 1 has been to simply turn the island’s devastation into another front in culture-war politics, a strategy that has helped keep his political career alive despite his lack of substantive command of the job.
Trump on Maria death toll: “We did a fantastic job” - Vox
  • If it's not happening on Fox, it's not happening and it doesn't deserve a response 
  • So the president went golfing for two weekends... 
  • Then the lack of response turned the situation into a disaster (with hospitals not having electricity, etc.) 
  • So it did turn on cable news and the president was forced on the defensive and lashed out and claimed the response was fantastic. 
At least this Fox host is open about it..

Quote:It is increasingly clear that President Donald Trump is marching to the drumbeat of Fox News. And people at the network know it. In an interesting moment of candor, Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld laid out just what role his network has played in enabling and bolstering Trump's behavior. "You know what it is? Trump was radicalized by something, okay?" said Gutfeld on "The Five" on Tuesday. "Because he was a Democrat for a long time, he was pro-choice, liberal in many things. He was radicalized. What was he radicalized by? Us. Fox News. When Fox News happened — he watches Fox, and the world starts to make sense to him, and then — so all he's doing, Juan, is what we do, which is, we bash the media!" "So he's just doing — he's turned the White House into kind of, like, an alternative Fox show where he sits there and he rips the media," Gutfeld continued, roaring with laughter. "It's kind of refreshing."
'He's Turned the White House into an Alternative Fox Show': Fox News Host Says the Network 'Radicalized' Trump | Alternet
Biden is right, this is exactly what happened:

Quote:Former Vice President Joe Biden blamed media host Rush Limbaugh and “the conservative blonde woman” for President Trump's decision to refuse to sign a funding bill that didn't include $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Republicans overwhelmingly voted to keep the government open. Then Rush Limbaugh and the conservative blonde woman says he’s losing his base, and so he’s changed his mind,” Biden told CNN on Friday, apparently referring to conservative commentator Ann Coulter.
Biden: Rush Limbaugh and the 'conservative blonde woman' to blame for shutdown | TheHill

He snookered his own senators in the process, which is why they won't agree to anything that Trump hasn't explicitly endorsed now.

And it's also not difficult to explain. Trump can't lose his base, it's all he's got as a safeguard against being impeached.
Quote:Fox News reportedly sat on the story of Donald Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels and the cover-up of it ahead of the 2016 election in order to protect Trump. On Monday, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published a detailed story on the relationship between the president and Fox News. The report contains a number of eyebrow-raising tidbits, including that Fox had the opportunity to publish a story about one of Trump’s alleged affairs but didn’t. Oliver Darcy first reported about the incident at CNN in 2018..

According to Mayer, as the 2016 presidential campaign was in its final stretch in 2016, reporter Diana Falzone had “obtained proof” about Trump’s affair with Daniels and had confirmed it with Daniels’s manager and former husband. She also had emails between Daniels’s lawyer and Cohen about the hush payment and nondisclosure agreement to keep Daniels from speaking out.

But the story never came out. Editors kept punting on it, and former Fox executive Ken LaCorte reportedly told Falzone, “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go,” referring to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who created Fox News.

Mayer’s reporting also says that Falzone pitched a story about an alleged “catch and kill” deal with Trump and the National Enquirer in which the Enquirer would buy Daniels’s story to keep it from coming out, but it didn’t go anywhere. (Cohen arranged a catch and kill with the Enquirer and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also said she had an affair with Trump.)

Fox News demoted Falzone in early 2017, and she subsequently sued the network. The two parties reached a settlement, which required Falzone to sign a nondisclosure agreement, so she can’t speak out. 
Fox News killed a Stormy Daniels story in 2016 to protect Trump - Vox

There is other noteworthy stuff in the article like how Trump pressured the Justice Department to block the AT&T/Time Warner deal.
Keep in mind there are some questionable people there on Fox News:

Quote:The first one involved host Jeanine Pirro, who suggested during her Saturday evening show that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of America’s first Muslim female Congress members, is disloyal to the country because she wears a hijab. In a rant ostensibly about controversial comments Omar recently made about Israel, Pirro said, “Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Less than 24 hours later, Media Matters for America published clips of radio interviews that host Tucker Carlson did on Bubba the Love Sponge’s show between 2006 and 2011 in which he makes a number of misogynistic and offensive commentsincluding defending Warren Jeffs, president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for child sexual assault. In one clip, Carlson — referring to charges Jeffs faced for arranging marriages between adult men and girls — defended him by saying the charges were “bullshit” because arranged marriages with children are not “the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child. ... The rapist in this case has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different.”

In other clips, Carlson demeans sex workers as “slutty and pathetic” and says women are “extremely primitive, they’re basic, they’re not that hard to understand.” He also makes suggestive comments about underage girls, saying in response to Bubba the Love Sponge’s story about girls at Carlson’s 14-year-old daughter’s boarding school experimenting sexually with each other, “If it weren’t my daughter, I would love that scenario.”
Fox News’s bad weekend: Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro come under fire - Vox

Neither offered an apology (although Fox did)...
Quote:As America awaits special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, Fox News has gotten in the habit of pushing a false talking point about the origins of his investigation — that it began after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2016 alerted the FBI to the Steele dossier, an unverified intelligence document that contains a number of claims, some of them far-fetched, about the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia. “Keep in mind that all of this seemed to have started with this dossier that was essentially an oppo research paper funded by the Democrats, after the Republicans originally started it — dirt on Donald Trump,” Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said on Friday.

Doocy’s not alone. Hosts and guests alike on Fox News have been pushing this talking point with impunity. Trump ally Dan Bongino made the claim during Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends. Last Saturday, host Ed Henry falsely claimed the FBI relied on the dossier “to get this whole thing going” — the “whole thing” being the Russia investigation. On March 10, Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy said of the dossier, “I think that’s the way the investigation got kicked off.” Trump himself tweeted out a video clip on Monday from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show in which Carlson framed “the Russia hoax” as stemming from the “dirty dossier.”

It is a politically convenient lie. If what Doocy and others were saying were true, it would mean the investigation that has roiled the Trump presidency is based on a document commissioned by Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele. The dossier includes outrageous claims — such as that the Russian government taped Trump watching prostitutes urinate on a hotel bed in Moscow in 2013. It would suggest that the FBI’s efforts to link Trump with Russia may have been motivated by anti-Trump sentiment instead of hard evidence.

But unfortunately for Fox News and Trump, their new favorite talking point is false. The FBI’s investigation originated with George Papadopoulos, not Christopher Steele We’ve known since December 2017 that the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began in July 2016 — months before the FBI was even alerted to the existence of the Steele dossier. The inciting incident, according to Sharon LaFraniere, Mark Mazzetti, and Matt Apuzzo at the New York Times, had to do with WikiLeaks, which published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in July 2016. Those emails prompted Australia’s top diplomat in Britain to inform his American counterparts about a conversation he had two months earlier with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

During a night of heavy drinking in London, Papadopoulos bragged to the Australian about his knowledge that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign,” as the Times put it. Papadopoulos has since agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation and was sentenced to just 14 days in jail, even though Mueller’s team in a court filing said he “did not provide ‘substantial assistance.’”

You don’t have to take the Times’s word for it. Even the so-called “Nunes memo,” prepared by then-House Intelligence Committee chair and staunch Trump ally Devin Nunes (R-CA) and released about a year ago, acknowledges that the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign was “triggered” by evidence presented to American officials about Papadopoulos having secretive contacts with Kremlin agents when it was released about a year ago..
Fox News has normalized a lie about the Steele dossier - Vox
The hypocrisy and bad faith is simply breath taking in the following video:

Quote:What If Fox News Covered Trump the Way It Covered Obama? | NowThis
What If Fox News Covered Trump the Way It Covered Obama? | NowThis - YouTube

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