Fox Fails to Disclose Guest Defending Trump is On His Payroll

Fox News brought Roger Stone on TV to defend Donald Trump after several days of outrage over his attacks on John McCain and refusal to do anything but make it worse. What they didn’t do was disclose the fact that Stone works for Trump as one of his top advisers.

Fox Didn’t Disclose Stone’s Financial Ties To Trump. During the July 20 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced guest Roger Stone as a “political strategist.” On-screen text identified him as a “libertarian political strategist.” Fox News and Stone did not disclose his connections to Trump. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/20/15, via Media Matters; Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/20/15]

Stone: “Trump Is Out Front Because He Is Speaking Hard Truths.” During the segment, Stone strongly defended Trump and his widely-criticized remarks about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Stone pushed Trump’s candidacy for president, claiming he is “out front because he is speaking hard truths.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/20/15, via Media Matters]

Trump Paid Stone’s Firm $30,000. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. paid Drake Ventures, LLC a total of $30,000 between April 10 and May 31 for “communications consulting,” according to Trump’s July Federal Elections Commission report.* Drake Ventures LLC is run by Roger Stone, according to records with the Florida Department of State. The New York Times has also referred to Drake Ventures as “Stone’s Florida public relations company.” [FEC.gov, accessed 7/20/15; Sunbiz.org, accessed 7/20/15New York Times4/16/10]

This is journalistic ethics 101, folks. Both Fox News and Stone himself had an ethical obligation to inform viewers that he is not an objective observer but a paid employee of Trump.

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  • zenlike

    Well, Trump might have finally jumped the sharknado by disclosing the Lindsey Graham’s private mobile phone on television.

    Ethics? Come on Ed, are you so naive?

  • Larry

    Mere details. Besides, liberals are the real racists.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Surely Fox viewers would have known of Stone’s connections to Trump by seeing his slime trail.

  • busterggi

    Faux didn’t know this guy works for Trump – that would require fact checking and that is against ther policy.

  • Synfandel

    Trump has advisors?!

  • Loqi

    “Communications consulting?” So he’s partially responsible for Trump’s… Uh…PR (yeah, we’ll call it “PR”)? So not only is he really defending his own work (even more of a conflict of interest), he’s clearly incompetent at his job.

  • colnago80

    This is interesting because there are reports today that the Donald and Rupert Murdock are in the midst of a feud. On the other hand, it may be that Murdock might not be too upset if Hillary won the election in 2016. They have had an interesting relationship ever since her run for the Senate in 2000.

    http://goo.gl/Z9zsAz

  • John Pieret

    This is journalistic ethics 101

    Which is relevant to Faux News, how?

  • scienceavenger

    What [Fox News] didn’t do was disclose the fact that Stone works for Trump as one of his top advisers.

    Are you serial? This is the network that references, on a regular basis, as real news stories, comments made by their own employees. They’d need a newscroll of disclosures to live up to typical standards.

  • lorn

    There are three GOP candidates with military backgrounds: McCain, Perry, and Graham. Trump has gone after each while not going after those without a military background. Coincidence?

    Failure to disclose possible conflicts of interest? It is a problem but it is so rampant that it is virtually the background of politics.

  • moarscienceplz

    There’s somebody on Fox News who isn’t Fair and Balanced? Unpossible!

  • carpenterman

    Does anyone know who said, “Fox News is Nickelodeon for people with dementia”?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Synfandel #5 – Trump doesn’t just have advisers. He has ‘top’ advisers. I had no idea either.

  • Trebuchet

    Both Fox News and Stone himself had an ethical obligation to inform viewers that he is not an objective observer but a paid employee of Trump.

    TeeHee! Ed used “Fox News” and “Ethical” in the same sentence. Silly, silly, Ed.