Friday, December 9, 2016

The Right-Wing Media’s Government Takeover, Via Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has picked -- or considered -- nearly a dozen people who have worked in right-wing media, including talk radio, right-wing news sites, Fox News, and conservative newspapers, to fill his administration. And Trump himself made weekly guest appearances on Fox for a number of years while his vice president used to host a conservative talk radio show.

Donald Trump: President

Trump Had Weekly Segments On Fox & Friends And Squawk Box For Years. Before he ran for president, Donald Trump had weekly segments on Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends for years, where he repeatedly pushed birther claims against President Obama, and a weekly segment with CNBC’s Squawk Box in 2012. [Media Matters9/12/16]

Mike Pence: Vice President

Pence Was A Self-Described “Rush Limbaugh On Decaf” Conservative Radio Host. Before he became governor of Indiana and then Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence served in the House of Representatives for six terms and worked as a conservative talk radio host. In a 2014 speech to “a gathering of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the National Association of Broadcasters,” Pence reportedly said, “I hosted a talk radio show in the early days of that format. I liked to say, ‘I’m a conservative, but I’m not [in] a bad mood about it.’ I was kind of like Rush Limbaugh on decaf.” [Media Matters7/14/16]

Stephen Bannon: White House Chief Counselor And Senior Strategist

Bannon Ran -- A “Platform For The ‘Alt-Right’” -- And Hosted A Satellite Radio Show. Stephen Bannon, who was the Trump campaign CEO and was named as Trump’s White House chief counselor and senior strategist, ran the right-wing news site, which he called “the platform of the ‘alt-right,’” referring to the fringe movement that pushes white nationalism. Bannon also hosted the SiriusXM radio show Breitbart News Daily. [Media Matters11/13/168/25/16The Washington Post11/15/16]

Ben Carson: Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

Carson Was A Right-Wing Media Star Before Becoming A Fox Contributor And Washington TimesColumnist. Ben Carson, whom Trump has named to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was praised by conservative media for talking up conservative policies at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama. That July, he became a columnist for the conservative Washington Times, and that October, he was hired by Fox News as a contributor. [Media Matters12/5/166/4/15]

Michael Flynn: National Security Adviser

Flynn Was A Regular Fox Guest, And Presidential Candidates Sought His Advice Because Of His TV Appearances. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn frequently appeared as a guest on Fox, where he pushed anti-Islamic views. Politico reported that his frequent Fox appearances resulted in several Republican presidential candidates reaching out to him for advice throughout the presidential campaign. Trump named Flynn as his pick for national security adviser on November 18. [Media Matters11/18/16]

K.T. McFarland: Deputy National Security Adviser

McFarland Worked As A Fox Analyst For Years. K.T. McFarland, whom Trump named as his deputy national security adviser, was a national security analyst for Fox, where she repeatedly pushed for war with Iran. [Media Matters11/26/16; Deadline Hollywood, 11/25/16]

Elaine Chao: Transportation Secretary

Chao Worked As A Fox Contributor After Serving In The Bush Administration. Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to run the Department of Transportation, was a Fox contributor after serving as President George W. Bush’s secretary of labor. [, 11/29/16]

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