Fox News Admits It Allowed Former EPA Chief to Control Interviews

HeadlineNov 28, 2018

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt coordinated with the Fox News channel ahead of multiple appearances on “Fox & Friends,” where he was presented with pre-screened, non-confrontational questions. That’s according to The Daily Beast, which obtained emails showing that Fox News producers allowed Pruitt’s aides to dictate topics for interviews and even offered them script approval for Pruitt’s introduction. After the report circulated, Fox News said in a statement, “This is not standard practice whatsoever and the matter is being addressed internally with those involved.” It’s the latest example of Fox News coordinating directly with Republican politicians. Earlier this month, Fox News hosts Jeanine Pirro and Sean Hannity appeared on stage at a Trump campaign rally ahead of the midterm elections. Former Fox News executive Bill Shine now works as deputy chief of staff for White House communications, and former White House communications director Hope Hicks now works as head of public relations for Fox News’s parent company.

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