Fox News has long been considered to be a conservative stronghold in the news media. Often dismissed by liberals and moderates alike, conservative viewers and pundits flock to Fox News like moths to a flame. However, in spite of the conservative slant and love of biased and sometimes even wildly inaccurate reporting, there are some times when even Fox News has to say “enough is enough” and take the crazy down a notch.
In that spirit, it is interesting to note that Fox has recently suspended one of their most used and most controversial “analysts” Judge Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano is a former Superior Court Judge in New Jersey and has served for many years as a judicial analyst for Fox News. However, after he made claims that have turned out to be completely unfounded regarding wiretapping in Trump Tower during the election, the Fox News management had had enough.
Napolitano was taken off the air on March 16, 2017 and the move was said to be indefinate one, meaning there was no telling if or when Napolitano would be put back on the air. Napolitano was one of the pundits that pushed the much talked about accusation that President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the presidential election to spy on and listen in on then preseidential candidate Donald Trump.
President Trump himself pushed that theory as well, going on a Twitter rampage and having his Press Secretary as well as the Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway speak out on the matter (and support the president’s position). The problem, of course, is that the president and his staff are pushing a narrative that has literally no evidential proof behind it.
One of the issues is what came first, the chicken or the egg? Napolitano cited an unnamed source when he originally wrote and spoke about the wiretapping of Trump Tower. These news pieces and the FoxNews.com article were then cited in a press conference by Press Secretary Sean Spicer to back up President Trump’s claims to the same effect. The question is who is this unnamed source? Do they exist? And was it Napolitano that started all of this drama or was it the president himself? And unfortunately from what it seems like now, we may never know the answers to these questions.
What we do know is that Fox News did not like the attention that they were receiving for perpetuating unfounded claims against a former President of the United States. Additionally, Napolitano and the White House had pulled in British intelligence agencies into the insanity, claiming that the British had aided Obama is the wiretapping endeavor. Trump even referred to this claim in a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The British government has demanded an apology for the unproven and unfounded accusations from the White House. It is rumored that there was a secret phone call between the President and the British government shortly thereafter but the White House denies making an apology.
For their part, Fox News took decisive action to limit the damage done by the incident. They took Napolitano of the air indefinitely and issued a retraction regarding the claims made by Napolitano regarding general surveillance of now President Trump. They made a blanket statement that they have no evidence of any surveillance of the now president at any time, covering all of their bases and protecting what is left of the journalistic integrity of the conservative news organization.