The Fox News legal squad
Thursday's Trump news cycle was driven by what WaPo's Glenn Kessler called "the craziest news conference of the Trump presidency." The Trump lawyers who were there -- Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Joseph diGenova and Sidney Powell -- are well known to the Trump-Fox base. It was practically a made-for-Fox event. Still, it was an atrocious decision to carry the entire press conference live -- for an hour and a half -- without any meaningful fact-checking. The mistake was underlined by liberal commentator Marie Harf, who said the stoking of mass voter fraud lies is "really harmful to democracy" -- when host Harris Faulkner cut her off to go live to the presser.
Over on CNN, Brianna Keilar noted that the presser was "so bananas we can't even bring it to you, because it is just so full of B.S." But Fox, Newsmax and OANN went ahead and aired it all. As David Folkenflik said on Twitter, "If you're in the news business, it's malpractice to carry Giuliani's press conference live at length without any cut ins to note the myriad ways the public record contradicts him." Faulkner didn't even do that afterward. Even though Giuliani shredded his credibility years ago, she stayed in Fox's default position, which is to assume that liars and hucksters are truth-tellers and heroes...
They are conspiracy theorists
Oliver Darcy writes: "After watching the press conference, I wondered: At what point do news orgs start prominently identifying members of Trump's legal team as conspiracy theorists? There is not much daylight -- if any -- between the nonsense Giuliani and Powell were spouting and what you might hear from Infowars' Alex Jones. So why not describe them as such in stories? Simply referring to them as 'legal advisers' does not convey to audiences how deranged these people are, and actually works to give what they say some undeserved and extra weight..."