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The Age Of Trump Is The Age Of The Fox News-Produced Presidency

Good government isn't the point, as long as every day is nothing more than carefully staged messaging opportunities.
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As the Sunday shows droned on about Andrea Mitchell's 40 years with NBC News, or Donald Trump's meeting with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, Joy Reid was having a discussion about this Fox News presidency and how it influences the hardcore never-say-die Republicans, a group which dwindles every year.

The relationship between Trump and the media is one where he feeds them, and they feed him, as Reid's panel notes in the segment above.

On the same day this discussion took place, Politico dropped an article about John Kelly's diminished role in the White House. What or who is supplanting him? Bill Shine and Fox News, of course.

What is Sean Hannity talking about? What's on Fox and Friends? Well, just have a look at how Trump handles the job he's paid a lot of money to do:

Kelly has done away with “meeting crashers,” the West Wing aides who showed up for meetings uninvited, according to a White House aide, but he has not been able to curb Trump’s practice of adding and subtracting advisers to meetings throughout the day or of turning scheduled gatherings into freewheeling discussions of subjects that suit his interests — including those suggested to him by his coterie of outside advisers, including Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on 'Fox and Friends,' he schedules meetings based on that,” said one former White House official. “If it’s Iran, it’s ‘Get John Bolton down here!’ … If he’s seen something on TV or [was] talking to Hannity the night before, he’s got lots of flexibility to do whatever he wants to do.”

Welcome to the Fox News-produced Presidency.


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