Politics Fox News gets more Trumpian: Hiring of Lara Trump and Kayleigh McEnany raises ethics questions

23:30  31 march  2021
23:30  31 march  2021 Source:   salon.com

Lara Trump joins Fox News, won't preclude her from potential Senate run

  Lara Trump joins Fox News, won't preclude her from potential Senate run Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of the former president, is joining Fox News as a contributor, but it won't affect her decision on whether she should run for Senate in 2022. Trump, who is married to former President Donald Trump's son, Eric, announced her latest gig during an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday morning. She said the network has agreed to work with her in the event she does decide to pursue the North Carolina vacancy left by retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr but added that she hasn't made a decision yet. Trump grew up in the Tar Heel state and named her daughter Carolina after the state.

a person standing in front of a building: Lara Trump; Kayleigh McEnany © Provided by Salon Lara Trump; Kayleigh McEnany

Lara Trump and Kayleigh McEnany Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images

Fox News is becoming even more ardently pro-Trump, with a series of new hires. Over the past two days, the conservative cable news giant signed on Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law to former President Donald Trump, as a contributor and promoted former Trump White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to a co-hosting gig for one of their day-time programs, Outnumbered. With the revolving door of Trump allies and even Trump family members making their way into Fox News, questions have arisen about the ethical standards the former Trump officials will be held to by their new employer.

Fox News Hires Lara Trump

  Fox News Hires Lara Trump Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of former president Donald Trump, is joining the cable channel as a contributor.The cable news channel has hired Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of former president Donald Trump, as a contributor. She is married to the ex-president’s son Eric.

The former Trump White House Press Secretary originally joined Fox News at the beginning of March, despite negotiations for the job taking place throughout January, which was halted following the events of the January 6th Capitol siege. In a statement released on Tuesday, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott praised the former Trump flack who had a sticky relationship with the truth and profusely misled the press. "Kayleigh's unique background in politics and law coupled with her experiences confronting women's health challenges and life as a new mom will add robust insight to Outnumbered — we are delighted to welcome her back to Fox News where she began her media career," Scott wrote. With McEnany taking the high-powered Outnumbered co-hosting slot, media critics have plenty of fair questions to ask centered around whether or not the former outspoken Trump official will continue to deceive viewers of the news channel.

Fox News hires Lara Trump and promotes former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

  Fox News hires Lara Trump and promotes former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany Trump repeatedly lashed out at Fox after he lost reelection, suggesting without evidence that the network's coverage of him led to his loss.On Monday, Fox announced it has hired the former president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as a paid contributor. On Tuesday, the network revealed that Trump's former White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, will be promoted to a co-host of the daily program "Outnumbered.

The fresh hires for the conservative network didn't stop with McEnany, as Lara Trump shared the news on Monday during a cable hit that she had become a new member of the Fox News "family." Lara Trump signed on with Fox News in the same way McEnany did by first becoming a contributor. Many of the Fox News contributors, mostly partisan hacks, include names such as Dan Bongino, Leo Terrell, and Ben Domenech. "I'm so excited, first of all, to be joining the Fox family," Lara Trump stated on Fox & Friends early Monday. "I sort of feel like I've been an unofficial member of the team for so long. You guys know, it was kind of a joke over the past five years; I would come there so often that the security guards were like, maybe we should just give you a key."

Speaking about the potential ethical conflicts arising from her hiring, as she weighs running for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, the Donald Trump daughter-in-law claimed as those decisions are made, "all the rules" will be followed. "Fox has been very generous with me. They have said, look, if that's something that you ultimately decide to do, they're going to work with me on that front and make sure that everything, all the rules are followed, and we do everything properly. So thank you to the Fox team for allowing me to have the possibility that that's in the future," Lara Trump stated.

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While there might be muddy waters around Lara Trump signing with the network, the Trump family member is already a frequent flyer on Fox News, making the shift to being a contributor a rather small upgrade. But the media watchdog organization Media Matters for America says that Lara Trump has already shown more than enough reasons why they shouldn't trust Trump. "Lara Trump pulled down a six-figure annual salary for her campaign work that was routed through private companies to skirt federal disclosure requirements. She hosted a campaign web series that repeatedly featured Fox contributors -- in possible violation of network policies -- and repeatedly promoted QAnon conspiracy theorists. From August 2017 through last week, she made 106 weekday Fox appearances, according to Media Matters' database; 29 of them came on sometime Trump political operative Sean Hannity's program," the media watchdog organization Media Matters for America reported.

Fox News continues to bring on board more pro-Trump pundits, in the wake of facing increased rating competition from Newsmax TV following the 2020 election and potentially finding a rival cable news network started by Donald Trump...the network has only one way to go, to please their audience, and that is further to the political right.

Fox News and Newsmax are racing to hire former Trump officials .
Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo joined Fox this week. Cable news networks always hire former advisors to presidents, but never this many—or this quickly. Since Trump left office in January, Fox News and its sister network, Fox Business, have hired four former Trump people as paid hosts or contributors: Mike Pompeo, Trump’s former secretary of state Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s former press secretary Larry Kudlow, Trump’s former director of the National Economic Council Lara Trump, Trump’s daughter-in-law Pompeo was the most recent hire.

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