字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 “Promises made. Promises kept.” This is the night Fox crossed the line between where the network ends and President Trump begins. And I’m going to tell you how we got here. “America, you have the power. Tomorrow, you can shock the world again.” “Hello everyone. We are out here live on Facebook at President Trump’s rally in Cape Girardeau.” This is not just any rally. It’s the night before a historic midterm election. Control of Congress, the future of Trump’s presidency, it’s all on the line. Missouri is a key battleground. And team Trump is pulling out all the stops to fire up the base. This is the birthplace, the hometown of Rush Limbaugh. There’s no more sacred ground in conservative media. “What an honor. This is so exciting! I have been watching Trump rallies” — Lo and behold, word goes out, Sean Hannity will be among the presenters. Well, that would be astonishing. Mind you, this is the top person in all of cable news — Fox News’s PR department, their phones are ringing off the hook. Sean Hannity is supposed to be like an opinion columnist. Fox allows him to take great liberty, but he still has to, at least, abide by some measure of news standards. Talent for a news organization should not be openly campaigning with a candidate. It erases any line between the news organization and the campaign. Hannity completely denies it, tweets out: “I will not be on stage campaigning with the president.” He says he’s just covering the final rally for his show. “Sean Hannity, come on up, Sean Hannity.” That one small step for Sean Hannity would be a giant step for the network that pledged to make the news “fair and balanced.” So, how did we get to this moment? It all started with an Australian media mogul who wanted to take on the world. Rupert Murdoch, from the minute he steps ashore in the United States in the ’70s, is all about upending the elitist news environment. He wants to blow up the entire media system here. “With a publishing empire in New York alone, that includes The Post, New York Magazine, Village Voice.” Murdoch’s expanding his empire in the United States just as a new right-wing radio star enters the scene. “Rush Limbaugh, talent on loan from God.” Rush Limbaugh is a national hit — he is huge. “That’s more like it!” Limbaugh is a game changer for the conservative base. But what Limbaugh doesn’t have is the gravitas of a news operation. Murdoch sees a big opportunity and he finds the perfect accomplice. “I’m here with Roger Ailes, who has been called the Ernest Hemingway of campaign advisers.” Roger Ailes was in the Nixon White House. He knows Watergate happens because The Washington Post, this beacon of credibility, this mainstream news organization, takes down a president. Ailes and Murdoch want that kind of power. They start in 1996. The two men make their pitch to the base. “So, what will our Fox News be? It will be different and it will be fair, because it has to be. Because a very large audience is begging it to be.” “On the record. Fair and balanced.” There was a brilliance to it. We are fair and balanced because the others aren’t. This makes us different. It’s a bullhorn, not a dog whistle, to those people who have felt left out by the news conversation. This is for me. For a long time, they’re struggling to get any notice. And then, they get a gift: the Monica Lewinsky scandal. It’s a salacious story tailor-made for Fox. “Get ready with your clicker to turn your volume up.” It gripped the base and starts to solidify their audience. “The president’s on trial. Our team will keep you informed.” And everything flows from there. “On the ground in Lower Manhattan.” “Strike happened shortly after dark.” They established their news division. “Are American policies too strict or not strict enough?” And that news division gave heft to their commentariat. — “Since the April deadly shooting” “They’re gonna go after the guns.” “Yes.” Ailes also newsified his commentators. “Those who want reparations for slavery are misguided.” “Should people who illegally sneak into this country be given a free ride?” Sean Hannity, he’s not just in a studio in a Lacoste shirt talking to a microphone. It’s a news desk. It has flashing headlines. It’s got all the accoutrements of news. “We can get you to jump in and listen to Hillary.” For many years, it was fair and balanced. “So, let me go back to the single mother issue here.” Hannity would square off against a liberal named Alan Colmes. “They hate the nuclear family.” “Liberals hate the nuclear family?” “Let him, let her finish her point.” “Yeah, would you stop interrupting? I’m trying to make a point here.” “I lost my head.” But let’s face it, he got his butt kicked on almost every debate. It was fair and balanced on the surface. But there was a lot more at play underneath it that tilted the scales to the right. It’s the secret of their success. “This is a Fox News alert.” We’re a news organization like anybody else. And we’re going to tell you those other news organizations are wrong. They’re lying to you. “These people are not journalists. These are not news channels. What you just saw is nothing but left-wing propaganda.” “This was a retweet” — “All right, whatever it is.” “And it came from sources” — “I told you whatever it is, you shouldn’t tweet, ever!” One thing you have to do if you want to run for president as a Republican, it is believed you must visit Rupert Murdoch at the Fox headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. You have to inform him of your plans. So, Trump informs Rupert that he is running for president. And Rupert is eating soup. And as we hear this story, he doesn’t even look up from his soup. Rupert is not ready to buy into the idea of a Trump presidential run, let alone, a Trump presidency. Ailes has the same reaction. And the sentiment comes through loud and clear. Trump’s getting pounded on Fox. “Loser?” “Loser is Trump, who seems to think this campaign is about him.” “It is simply bad anti-terror policy to overreact and prohibit Muslims, even if you could, which you can’t!” “I find him offensive.” “I don't think you’re a first-time offender making a personal crack at a woman.” “I just think that belief in Trump is misplaced.” It would drive Trump crazy. And he would call Ailes and yell and it gets to the point where Trump’s own staff has to try to keep him away from the television. And then there’s the bitter proxy war with Megyn Kelly. It begins on the national debate stage.