- Fox News’s top hosts served as a “Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers,” said the Washington Post.
- There was an intimate relationship between the network and the Trump administration, it said.
- Former administration officials told the paper that Fox hosts were dialed into Oval Office meetings.
Several of Fox News’s top hosts served as a “Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers,” according to the Washington Post.
In recent weeks, the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack released numerous text messages from various Fox News hosts to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on the day of the insurrection.
A former senior administration official, who spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity, said that the influence extended into the very heart of the president’s administration, and Trump would sometimes dial Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs into Oval Office staff meetings.
“A lot of it was PR — what he should be saying and how he should be saying it; he should be going harder against wearing masks or whatever,” Stephanie Grisham, former press secretary to President Donald Trump, told The Post. “And they all have different opinions, too.”
The January 6 committee revealed that Fox News Hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade texted Meadows as the insurrection unfolded, showing the closeness between the cable news network and the White House.
The texts indicated that Hannity had direct knowledge about Trump’s strategy for the day of the electoral vote count and had concerns about his plan, the committee said.
Fox News hosts had a direct number to reach Trump and administration officials often posed challenges for West Wing staffers, former administration officials told The Washington Post.
Grisham told The Post how highly the former president valued the opinions of Fox hosts.
“There were times the president would come down the next morning and say, ‘Well, Sean [Hannity] thinks we should do this,’ or, ‘Judge Jeanine [Pirro] thinks we should do this,'” Grisham told the paper.
Grisham told the paper that Fox News hosts weighed in on everything from personnel to messaging strategy.
The Washington Post said that several of Fox News’s top hosts served as a “Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers.”
Alyssa Farah, a former White…