A media watchdog is suspicious of media reports that Fox News spiked a story that could have made Donald Trump look bad leading up to the 2016 elections.
New Yorker magazine broke the story in its March 11 issue. Then CNN picked up on it, reporting earlier this week that Fox News knew about but "killed" a story that Donald Trump paid off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair years prior so it wouldn't hurt his election chances.
OneNewsNow talked with Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media, who says if the reports are true about Fox News, it was a huge misstep by the conservative network. "That would be, I think, a breach of journalistic ethics to go ahead and do that just to protect the president," he says.
But the big caveat is "if the reports are true." As Irvine points out, in today's culture the "facts" are often in dispute – and that because CNN has so often played loose with the facts, he doesn't trust anything the network says about the president.
"We don't know if that is true or not," he says of the report. "To me that is speculation and conjecture, particularly on the part of people who don't like Trump." CNN admits the claim is disputed.
Irvine says in today's environment it's almost impossible to know who's telling the truth.
"Everybody seems to be dealing with different sets of facts and they can't agree," he states. "Part of that too is that there aren't a lot of reporters who are willing to do good journalism and dig investigatively into things to find out if these things are true."
And CNN, he contends, has plenty of reasons to dump on Fox News. As he puts it: "They're looking for anything they can do to try to stick it to Fox News, who they probably hate and envy for the sheer dominance that Fox has had over the years."
Despite the attempts of what some have described as the "anti-Trump media," Donald Trump is in a strong position to be re-elected in 2020 – at least in the opinion of Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party in Ohio.
"We feel very good about re-electing Donald Trump because the left has gone so far out of bounds with killing babies who are born," he cites as an example. "And to have every Democratic presidential candidate in the Senate on the record of supporting infanticide where they kill babies who are already born, it's very clear by the polling that Donald Trump is going to be in a really strong position to get re-elected."
But according to Zawistowski, a major question going into the 2020 elections hinges on what happens in Congress in the coming months.
"Do the Republicans finally live up to their promises and help the president 'Make America Great Again'?" he wonders. "Or do they do what they did the first two years? – which is sandbag him on the border wall, on getting rid of Obamacare, on all these other policies."
He argues it wasn't the Democrats who have "sandbagged" the president. "It was Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and K Street and the Koch Brothers and the Republican establishment that stopped Donald Trump the first two years," he explains.