- Juliet Huddy, a former host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” says some of the network’s biggest shows are guilty of “lying by omission.”
- “You have to kind of take what they’re saying with a grain of salt because you’re not getting the whole story,” Huddy said.
- The whistleblower complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry has created tension within the show’s programming, with some Fox News opinion hosts offering fervent defenses of President Donald Trump and even taking jabs at colleagues who have not.
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Juliet Huddy, a former host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” says some of the network’s biggest shows are guilty of “lying by omission” on the air.
Huddy appeared on a panel for Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where she laid out how individual Fox News anchors could craft a more flattering take on a negative story.
“It’s not so much that it’s particularly clever or that they’re particularly diabolical – even though some people think that they are – it’s that they’re doing something that we did when we were little kids, which is lying by omission,” Huddy said, adding: “They leave out the context, they leave out facts, they spin it so that it gives just enough information but not all of the information, but the information that it did give out, it pushes their narrative.”
Last month, House Democrats announced they were opening an impeachment inquiry after the emergence of a bombshell whistleblower complaint centered on a July 25 phone conversation in which President Donald Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Huddy said some of the network’s coverage of political events had become “more hardcore” than when she worked there in the mid-2000s.
“You have to kind of take what they’re saying with a grain of salt because you’re not getting the whole story,” she said.
Huddy made headlines when she came forward in 2016 with sexual-harassment allegations against the longtime Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who was later ousted. In her later comments about the allegations and a settlement she reached with the network, Huddy described an atmosphere that seemed to be centered on keeping Fox News “protected at all costs.”
Huddy officially left Fox in September 2016 and is now a host on 77WABC Radio.