A bombshell new story by the New Yorker's Jane Mayor alleges that a Fox News reporter had the story on the hush payments before the 2016 election, but the piece was killed because Rupert Murdoch was keen on President Trump winning the election.
President Donald Trump ranks Fox News reporters based on their perceived loyalty to him, according to a New Yorker report published Monday that details the president's cozy relationship with the cable news network.
However, Mediaite said the line at Fox between news and opinion is increasingly becoming more blurry, giving as an example Ed Henry, the former White House reporter who now hosts the very opinionated "Fox & Friends Weekend", but was still in Hanoi reporting on the summit with North Korea.
"Fox was begun as a good-faith effort to counter [liberal bias in the news business], but it's morphed into something that is not even news", conservative columnist and Trump critic Jennifer Rubin says in the story.
Falzone confirmed the relationship with Daniels via Daniels' then-manager and with her former husband, Mike Moz.
Fox also told Darcy at the time that the network was unable to verify Falzone's story.
The following January, Falzone was reportedly demoted without being given a reason and then sued the network. A nondisclosure agreement was also part of the email exchange.
Trump isn't as enamored with Fox News' chief political anchor Bret Baier though, who has been known to hold some Republicans' feet to the fire from time to time.
"The point of the story is that the Trump White House nearly has its own propaganda organization and it's Fox", Mayer added on Tuesday.
The payments to Daniels were eventually reported by the Wall Street Journal. "She did her homework - she had it". Those that remain have either degraded themselves beyond recognition--like the New Yorker--or they've been purchased like Jeff Bezos to conduct unregistered lobbying for Amazon.com, like the Washington Post.