Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, who is very much a part of the media himself, told a White House staffer to “go on offense” against the media on Friday.
On Friday’s America’s Newsroom, Hemmer—who is supposed to be one of Fox News’ “objective,” non-ideological voices—and co-anchor Sandra Smith interviewed White House aide Mercedes Schlapp about the fight between White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Schlapp stood by Sanders.
“You know, fake news is dangerous,” she said. “We know for a fact that many of these so-called news reporters, okay, that go out there have a complete disdain for President Trump.”
Schlapp continued by saying that “90 percent of the media coverage” for Trump has been negative, and ranted about how the liberal media pushes out fake news, both of which are very vague, false statements.
Hemmer reacted very sympathetically, encouraging Schlapp to be even more combative with reporters.
“I don’t think you should be defensive about this, you need to go on offense,” he said. What the hell?
Hemmer concluded the interview with a comment he wouldn’t have made if he was a real journalist: “are you tired of winning?”
It might not surprise you to learn that Hemmer has reportedly been floated as a possible successor to Sanders as White House press secretary. The segment proved once again that Fox News is only interested in impressing Trump by throwing all other normal journalists—those who are actually doing their jobs to keep the president accountable—under the bus.