Fox News Internal ‘Briefing Book’ Admits Rudy Giuliani Spreads ‘Disinformation’
Fox News is entirely aware that its contributors and guests go on-air to disseminate “disinformation,” according to an internal “briefing book” obtained by The Daily Beast.
The document — called “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration” — is the creation of “Fox News senior political affairs specialist Bryan S. Murphy, who produces research from what is known as the network’s Brain Room—a newsroom division of researchers who provide information, data, and topic guides for the network’s programming,” The Daily Beast reported.
It was first made public by Fox News veteran and former freelance producer Marcus DiPaola, who claimed in a lengthy Twitter thread that he left the network under suspicious circumstances last year, after acting as an informant for the FBI.
Law & Crime noted that the most high-profile purveyor of Ukraine propaganda, according to the report, is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
The report states that “Giuliani regularly exhibits a ‘high susceptibility to disinformation’ initially provided by disgraced Ukrainian sources like corruption-plagued former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko and billionaire Dmytro Firtash.”
It goes on to say: “Reading the timeline in its entirety—not a small task—makes clear the extensive role played by Rudy Giuliani and his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, in spreading disinformation.”
Other Fox News regulars — including contributors, guests and hosts — also make an appearance in the report. Sean Hannity “is criticized in the context of a misleading on-air discussion with diGenova and Toensing. The segment in question had to do with a filing in Firtash’s legal case—but Hannity and his guests curiously omitted that diGenova and Toensing were part of Firtash’s legal team.”
When Law & Crime asked for comment from Fox News, a representative offered a statement with the requirement that it be printed in full.
Mitch Kweit, Senior Vice President of the Brainroom, wrote: “The research division of FOX News produces a briefing book for all major stories, which serves as a standing collection of extensive data on major topics for internal use by all those in editorial functions. The Ukraine briefing book is nothing more than a comprehensive chronological account of what every person involved in the Ukraine controversy was doing at any identifiable point in time, including tracking media appearances of major players who appeared on FOX News and in many other outlets. The 200 page document has thousands of data points and the vast majority have no relation to FOX News—instead it’s now being taken out of context and politicized to damage the network.”