In an unprecedented move that is sure to alarm anyone who cares about freedom of the press, the Democrat-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Reform is demanding that Fox News explain why it did not publish the Stormy Daniels’ story back in 2016.
Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings is insisting that a former Fox News reporter turn over any documents pertaining to President Donald Trump’s extramarital affairs that she may have in her possession. The bizarre rationale behind Rep. Cummings’ request seems to be the assertion that Fox News’ failure to cover the Stormy Daniels story in a timely manner constituted a campaign rules violation.
Former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone has publicly stated that she will cooperate with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform investigation. However, Fox News executive Ken LaCorte, who made the decision to decline publishing the Stormy Daniels story, has made it clear that he has no intention of cooperating — even though he fully supports a Fox decision to release Diana Falzone from her non-disclosure agreement.
In a stinging rebuke to Rep. Cummings published on Mediaite, Mr. LaCorte accurately notes that Fox News was not the only news outlet that declined to publish Stormy Daniels’ story back in 2016. The lack of corroborating evidence for the story led even mainstream news media outlets to push the story back until long after President Donald Trump had won the election.
As Ken LaCorte also notes, the idea that a House Committee should have oversight over editorial decisions made by a private news organization is scary. If news outlets could face legal action based on the absurd allegation that publishing or not publishing a news story constitutes an “in-kind campaign contribution,” no media outlet in the United States would be safe from government interference.
Fox News is far from the only news organization that has made editorial decisions that anger a particular political party. In fact, the list of news stories that mainstream news media outlets have suppressed is almost endless. The only difference between Fox and other outlets such as CNN and MSNBC is that the latter tend to suppress stories that portray Democrats in a negative light. Stories that most news outlets have failed to cover in a timely manner in order to give Democrats an advantage during election season include reports of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s poor health, Beto O’Rourke’s DUI conviction and the fact that he is married to a rich heiress and former presidential candidate John Edwards’ extramarital affair.
Naturally, it would be ideal if news outlets always published the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth all the time. Unfortunately, as most savvy Americans have already realized, this is not the case. Even so, having the government interfere is far worse than having biased news media outlets in the first place.
Even those who do not agree with Fox’s decision to put off the Stormy Daniels story should be horrified by the fact that House Democrats are trying to force Fox change its editorial standards. If Republicans were to make a similar move against CNN or the New York Times, there would be widespread outrage — and rightfully so.
~ Conservative Zone