Fox News Knows Giuliani Spreads Disinformation, But They Keep Giving Him Airtime
Nearly two weeks have passed since The Daily Beast first reported that internal Fox News documents revealed the network to be aware of Rudy Giuliani’s propensity for spreading disinformation, but the president’s personal attorney is still being given airtime.
The publication reported on Tuesday that Giuliani has made at least four separate appearances on Fox since news broke of the 162-page document, which observed that the attorney as a “high susceptibility to disinformation.”
The internal briefing, titled “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration” and produced by the network’s research division known as the “Brain Room,” said Giuliani was “amplifying disinformation pushed by bad-faith Ukrainian actors like former Ukrainain prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko and indicted oligarch Dmytro Firtash.”
It went on to note Giuliani’s association with indicted Florida businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were assisting the former New York City mayor with his efforts in Ukraine.
“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,” the document stated.
Nevertheless, Giuliani is still enjoying on-air appearances on Fox News and Fox Business, The Daily Beast reported, granting him “freewheeling interviews in which he has repeatedly (and baselessly) claimed he is in possession of “smoking gun” evidence that proves former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was involved in criminal activity in Ukraine.”
During a February 8 interview with Fox host Jesse Watters, just days after President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate, Giuliani said he wanted to ensure that Trump was “totally vindicated.”
"I want to prove what happened because I believe if we prove what happened, he will be totally vindicated,” he said.
Giuliani also appeared on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, The Daily Beast reported, where he “claimed he was in possession of all kinds of documentation that would nail the Bidens and Democrats.”
“The amount of crimes the Democrats committed in Ukraine are astounding,” he said, waving around a sheet of paper. “If there were a document about you or me like this. I think we’d be in jail by now.”
On Wednesday night, Giuliani was gifted an interview with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, whom The Daily Beast noted is one of the network’s “straight news” hosts, where he confirmed that he is feeding information to Attorney General William Barr on the Biden family. However, the attorney claimed he is getting no “special treatment” from the Justice Department.
“Not only am I not—I’m not getting special treatment, I’ve been getting terrible treatment,” he said. “This should have been investigated three years ago. If President Trump had gone on the stage and said, ‘I pressured the president of another country to dismiss a prosecutor,’ there’d be an investigation the next day.”
Fox News also allowed Giuliani to spew the unfounded conspiracy theory "that the person alleged to be the whistleblower at the center of Trump’s impeachment was involved in some byzantine plot to use Ukrainian dirt in early 2016 to hurt the Trump campaign and stop Trump from becoming president" to overtly pro-Trump host Trish Regan.