For whatever inexplicable reason, Fox News suddenly cut the live feed from the White House press briefing room earlier today.
As President Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was showing a brief video to the assembled reporters of the Portland rioters, the final few seconds featured a protester stating to law enforcement officers;
“I hope someone kills your whole f—ing family. I hope someone burns down your whole precinct with all y’all inside. Can’t wait to see it.”
Once the rather short video ended, McEnany pointed out the obvious;
“As you can see, that is anything but a peaceful protest.”
Fox News immediately cut away from the press conference, throwing back to New York anchor Harris Faulkner.
Looking somewhat stunned, Faulkner informed the viewing audience;
All right, we were not expecting that video, and our management here at Fox News has decided we will pull away from that at this time.”
Only later in the broadcast did Faulkner give a reason as to why the “fair and balanced” network immediately cut the live feed from DC.
Interestingly enough, the feed was cut exactly as McEnany had the bad manners to go against the media narrative that the rioters are actually “peaceful protesters.”;
“I want to address a decision that was made by Fox News management a few minutes ago as we pulled away from the video that we were not told would air and how it would be edited with some things on screen that we wanted a heads up about.”
“That is part and full of what went on there [in Portland]. But I can’t go on without addressing that. We’re approaching the top of the hour.”
“The White House press briefing is something that is important for us to carry for you, and so a heads up at those times with videos like that in the middle of the day sometimes is helpful.”
Ahh… so Fox News was essentially pouting due to the White House not giving them sufficient “heads up”? Personally, I ain’t buying any of it.
As reported by TheHill.com, a statement was eventually issued by FNC explaining;
“FOX News was not provided with any advance warning that a video using profanity would air during this afternoon’s White House press briefing. Once it aired, FOX News made the decision it was inappropriate for a daytime audience and temporarily dropped out of coverage.”
What? In light that news networks normally have a 3-6 second delay on their live broadcasts, FNC could have cut away without airing any F-bombs hitting our sensitive ears.