While the House voted to make the Trump impeachment inquiry official and public, an allegedly “straight news” host on Fox News repeated the Republican lie that they were not involved in the depositions that took place behind closed doors. The lie was so blatant that she was even corrected by another Fox host, Bret Baier.
During Fox News’ coverage of the House vote on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine, Fox anchor Julie Banderas repeatedly pushed the lie that no Republicans were allowed in the closed-door hearings that have occurred so far in the inquiry. In fact, all Republicans on any of the three House committees — intelligence, foreign affairs, and oversight — are allowed to participate in the hearings, and they are given equal time to ask questions. That amounts to 47 Republicans.
During Fox News’ October 31 coverage of the House vote, Banderas noted that Republicans “have been furious about [due process] — the fact that the Republicans have not been able to go inside those closed-door meetings that have been held by these Democrats.”After the resolution was passed, Banderas doubled down on her false assertion, saying, “We’re also waiting for [the transcripts] of these closed-door meetings that the Republicans have very much wanted to be a part of and have not been.” This time, colleague Bret Baier pushed back on Banderas’ false claims, noting, “It’s worth pointing out that behind closed doors, these meetings have included Republicans and they have had some chance to cross-examine some of these witnesses,” adding, “There have been Republicans in those rooms.”
It’s obvious by now that, with a few exceptions, Fox is not a news organization but is really just the PR wing of the Trump Republicans. They lie repeatedly on their behalf, present the most ridiculous conspiracy theories and dutifully attack anyone who says anything that might harm Trump’s personal political interests. They’ll even turn highly decorated military officers who have devoted their lives to the nation’s national security into a traitor carrying out a military coup. Anything it takes to defend their hero and primary benefactor.