October 3, 2016

During Monday's debate, Hillary Clinton referenced, as an example of Donald Trump's misogyny, his fat shaming of a former Miss Universe. Trump is retaliating by bringing up Bill Clinton's sexual history which, says Trump, was "enabled" by Hillary. And just to remind its readers of that history, the Trump enabling Fox News.com has a nice slide show.

It's no secret that Fox News is, as is said, in the tank for Trump. And it's not just the Fox "news" channel that provides back-up. As we can see from today's lede, the Fox News website is doing its gosh darned, fair & balanced best to validate Trump talking points which, as I noted above, is all about nasty Bill and nasty Hillary. (Meanwhile, pay no attention to the philandering and thrice married resident of the Trump Tower!)

Today's big bold Fox News.com's lede proclaims "The Return of the Clinton Women, Surrogates Target Hillary's Role in Husband's Affairs as Trump Takes on Former Miss Universe." The headline sits above photos of Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey. Their faces are grouped around a photo of Bill Clinton.

As Fox visual propaganda, it doesn't get any better than this. The headline establishes, as Fox Fact, that Hillary had a role, not an alleged role, in her husband's affairs - a meme that just happens ;) to match exactly what Trump and his surrogates are saying. Well, color me shocked.

The linked article reinforces the agitiprop about Hillary's supposed mistreatment of women. (See, she ain't no feminist...) The title: "Trump Camp Returns Fire, Target's Clintons' Treatment of Women." The accompanying video, a compilation of Trump and his surrogates spreading their toxicity about nasty Bill and nasty Hillary, reinforces the Very Important Fox Propaganda Message!

But on to the "slide show." The first slide shows Gennifer Flowers. The accompanying text notes that old, sly dog Bill denied his affair with her until she produced incriminating tapes. Ah-Ha! The second is Juanita Brodderick, a woman who accused Bill Clinton of rape but never pressed charges. The text notes that Brodderick claims that Hillary Clinton "knew about the incident."

The third is Paula Jones. The summary includes her claim that Bill Clinton exposed himself to her. The fourth is Monica Lewinsky. The text makes sure to mention that Clinton "was forced" to admit his misdeeds. Last, but not least, is Kathleen Willey who, according to the text, claims that Bill "groped and kissed her" inappropriately.

So if Fox is "fair & balanced," shouldn't we be treated to a montage of Donald Trump's paramours? But even better, how bout a slide show of women who allege to have been sexually harassed by Roger Ailes?!


Crossposted at News Hounds.
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