Fear of reputational harm can make folks lash out in weird ways.
When the people in question are generously compensated disinfo-cheerleaders, that fear manifests itself in frantic text messages to get fellow comrades to stand down.
Thing is, Fox so-called News ain’t journalism by any measure; FNC is part of GOP’s terror operation as I explain in my post from 2 years ago.
Fixed Noise is well-funded terrorist organization but texts prove truth is FAR worse [UPDATED]
Based on Aaron Blake’s excellent reporting we know, for example, Laura Ingraham’s nightly shitshow broadcasts bear no resemblance to the frantic “call it off!” texts she sent Mark Meadows on 6 January.
Duplicitous behavior by itself isn’t criminal, obviously, but what other damning stuff lurks in Fixed Noise’s communications with that twice-impeached one-term Russia-installed loser? We have a right to know.
Subpoena Sean Hannity.
Subpoena Laura Ingraham.
Subpoena Rupert Murdoch.
Subpoena everyone at Fox "News" – both their work and personal emails, texts, everything, for anything related to January 6. They weren't "journalists," they were participants.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) December 14, 2021
Must-See Treason TV
Fixed Noise became Must-See MAGA TV during The Former Guy’s regime (and I do mean regime). But there are HUGE BUSLOADS of evidence that FNC was way more than feisty media outfit; some anchors were also kind-and-generous helpers to Trump’s Treason Machine.
Assange broke the law and Hannity drove the getaway car #maddow https://t.co/JJ1XGRciIz
— Will Is Social Chair Of Fani Willis Fan Club ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) April 12, 2019
I wrote a Twitter thread on Seditious Conspiracy, which outlines the statute (actually quite simple) and how it could apply to the violent, murderous, premeditated actions of 6 January.
We should be viewing Fixed Noise texts through the same lens as January 6th’s well-funded, desperate, sprawling-criminal attempt to overturn will of American voters. Faux Newz’s employees were verrrrrry invested in what was happening (just for point-of-contrast Rachel Maddow did not phone Hillary Clinton in 2016 to offer messaging strategy to avenge her “loss”).
Seditious Conspiracy – 18 U.S.C. § 2384https://t.co/4BPLgZZQ4v
— Will Is Social Chair Of Fani Willis Fan Club ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) December 13, 2021
My questions are many: How do we square these text messages with FNC’s actual coverage? What else is lurking in Fixed Noise anchors’ communications with TFG’s hench-people (intentionally gender-neutral for obvious reasons)? What did FNC producers know about anchors’ participation? Knowing what we know about Murdoch family, what role did they play, if any?
If Fox News's anchors and management were aware of or involved in the planning of January 6, then the FCC should terminate their license to broadcast. You can't use the public airwaves to help overthrow the government.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) December 14, 2021
(Writer’s note: CrankyYank is a safe space for whistleblowers. if you have any inside information on Fixed Noise’s behavior please reach out)
Much of those questions could be answered by a subpoena or four. Patently absurd public statements from folk like Laura Ingraham make me wonder what else is out there.
Also, based on federal-felony statute Liz Cheney recited from the dais everything appears to be on the table.
Updates as events warrant, and trust me, there WILL be updates. 🚨
Will Pollock is a perpetually cranky New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.
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