‘I’m watching now and screaming’: Fox News employees anonymously trash the network’s Russia coverage

Sean Hannity.

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Sean Hannity.
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    Several Fox News employees trashed the network’s coverage of charges brought in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Fox News’s ratings in primetime still beat the other cable networks.

Some Fox News employees trashed the network’s coverage of the first three charges handed down in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.

CNN reported that some Fox News employees were upset with the network’s coverage of charges brought against the former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his business associate Rick Gates, as well as a former foreign-policy adviser to the campaign, George Papadopoulos.

CNN said there were “many eye rolls” in the newsroom over the network’s decision to cover various other topics rather than the indictment, coverage of which blanketed CNN and MSNBC.

Though Fox News did cover the news, many of the network’s shows covered topics like the NFL national-anthem protests, a Google emoji controversy, and a years-old conservative talking point about an Obama-era uranium deal.

Opinion hosts like Sean Hannity voiced their full-throated support for President Donald Trump, while others like “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy, pointed out that some of the charges against Manafort were “years old.”

Though some critics blasted the network’s coverage, Fox News still delivered strong ratings – the network beat both CNN and MSNBC in primetime.

In a statement, a Fox News representative said the network covered the breaking news “accurately and fairly across both news and opinion programming.”

Here’s a list of some key quotes from Fox News employees, who all spoke to CNN on background:

    “I’m watching now and screaming,” one Fox News personality said. “I want to quit.” “This kind of coverage does the viewer a huge disservice and further divides the country,” another Fox News personality said. “It is another blow to journalists at Fox who come in every day wanting to cover the news in a fair and objective way,” one senior Fox News employee said, adding that the network “feels like an extension of the Trump White House.” Another Fox News employee said a segment on “Outnumbered” that questioned Mueller’s motivations in the investigation “was absurd and deserves all the scorn it can get.” “It’s an embarrassment,” another Fox News employee said. “Frankly, there are shows on our network that are backing the president at all costs, and it’s that short-term strategy that undermines the good work being done by others.”