Fox News needs to report facts, not hysteria

To the editor:

If you don’t watch Fox News, you may not know that there is a silent coup d’etat underway to overthrow the presidency of Donald Trump. Conservative voices Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jesse Watters, Sebastian Gorka, John Bolton and others at Fox are convinced that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is out to get Trump. Upset with the Justice Department and the FBI, Fox host Judge Jeanine calls for a “cleansing” and demands that people be taken out in cuffs. Fox contributor Kevin Jackson floated the idea that the FBI might have planned to assassinate Donald Trump. Rush Limbaugh, jumping on the bandwagon, said he won’t be surprised if the Democrats are talking right now with some generals.

Funny that no other news agency seems to be aware of this diabolical plot — not ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post or anyone else. Are they in a conspiracy to keep this from the public?

What Fox News sees as a coup, the rest of us see as an investigation led by a well-respected Republican, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and American hero, who served as FBI Director under Bush and Obama. You would think from the Fox hysteria that this investigation was being run by partisan Democrats. Not only is Mueller a Republican, but so is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

With a high degree of confidence, our intelligence community concluded that the Russians interfered with our election, hacked into the Democrats’ computers and wanted Hillary Clinton to lose. Mueller’s team is investigating this Russian interference, and whether Trump’s campaign or transition team officials broke any laws when colluding with this hostile country. While our intelligence agencies were spying on the Russians, they discovered that multiple members of the Trump team were talking to the Russians. As of now Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI; Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is under indictment; and former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos also pleaded guilty.

One can only conclude that Fox News, acting as a state-run news agency for the Trump administration, is attempting to undermine public acceptance of any findings of wrong doing on the part of the White House by the Mueller team, or setting the stage for a possible firing of Mueller by Trump. Despite the lapdog reporting by Fox News, this investigation is not a coup, but how our justice system works. Fox News needs to report facts not hysteria.

Gary Gill

Lewistown

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