Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, March 09, 2019

Two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, as the editorial head of Fox News online, I reviewed a draft news story that said porn actress Stormy Daniels had confirmed having an affair with Donald Trump a decade earlier. The only problem was ... Stormy hadn't said that. Daniels and her associates were playing a bizarre cat-and-mouse game with Fox News and other outlets, trying to get their story out without fingerprints and, ultimately, without enough proof to publish. We and others practiced solid journalism. Now, that's being spun in an effort to prove the opposite.



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Here are some key points:

In the recent national coverage of this incident, based on an article in The New Yorker, no one has questioned why Stormy would try to leak an anti-Trump story exclusively to Fox News, seen by virtually everyone as a pro-Trump outlet. In reality, she was actually talking to a handful of others as well.

So, she wasn't talking exclusively to Fox, yet the other outlets she was talking to didn't see fit to publish her story either and it was for the same reason that former Fox editor Ken Lacorte gave - it would have required dropping good journalistic standards to run with her story based upon the information available at that time.


find it odd that she spoke to multiple others about the event, but didn't have a single question for me, the person who unilaterally made the decision....

In her 11,635 word piece, she didn't find room to mention the paucity of evidence we had, the conflicting statements nor the other outlets which responded exactly as we did.....

The New Yorker piece couldn't have been more successful for them. In a media world where criticizing Fox News is an industry staple, the piece was picked up by almost every major outlet and Jane Mayer was feted throughout journalism.

My non-quote quote and wrong story appeared everywhere from cable news to Jimmy Kimmel to the news outlets that re-wrote the story, including The Washington Post, Guardian, Newsweek, The Hill, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and at least 70 others.

I say "re-wrote" instead of "reported" because not a single reporter reached out to me. None.

That is amazing. Not a single media outlet reached out to the guy who made the decision to drop the story to get his version of events. Not one. That is journalistic malfeasance to the nth degree.


The ultimate irony is that in its zeal to hang Fox News for journalistic malfeasance, the media tossed journalistic standards in the trash can and gave readers the 100% wrong impression of Fox and the Stormy Daniels story.


#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-09 01:51 PM | Reply

I'm hoping Rcade weighs in. This is in his wheelhouse.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-09 01:58 PM | Reply

------- Jeffry!
More Fake News from the alt-right nimrods!

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-03-09 03:07 PM | Reply

IOW, but did you see the whole video?

I mean, the whole thing??

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-03-09 03:31 PM | Reply


It can't be "fake news" because it's an opinion piece, not a news article.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-09 03:33 PM | Reply

Look, #5.

The video is out there.

Did you see it?

Did you see the whole video??

#6 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-03-09 03:39 PM | Reply


Yeah, at the end of the video it was kind of gross how Stormy started banging Chief Lies a Lot's "drum" while the BHI guys all stood around in a circle.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-09 04:19 PM | Reply


Back on topic, it is interesting how Slate, The Daily Beast and GMA now acknowledge that they were all approached at the same time by Daniel's "source" but none of them ran the story either, nor did they get the scorn that Fox has.

Funny how that works.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-09 04:21 PM | Reply

@#6 ... Look, #5. ...

I was just commenting that it was an op-ed, not a news article. Specifically, these sentences at the end of the page:

... This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author. ...

It's an op-ed.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-09 04:43 PM | Reply


Don't worry Lamp, Douchegood was just trying to be snarky/funny...and failed.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-09 04:49 PM | Reply

The plot thickens...

Ex-Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Wants Murdoch to Lift NDA

...A former Fox News reporter is calling on the network and "specifically Rupert Murdoch" to release her from a non-disclosure agreement after others in the media questioned her reporting on President Donald Trump's alleged payment to Stormy Daniels.

"The public has the right to know the truth," Diana Falzone said in statement released on Saturday. Falzone accused former Fox News executive Ken LaCorte and Howard Kurtz, an on-air commentator at the network, of making "defamatory statements" about her.

An investigation by the New Yorker published March 4 said Falzone had confirmed before the 2016 presidential election that Trump arranged the payments to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her quiet about their affair.

New Yorker correspondent Jane Mayer reported that Falzone was allegedly told the story wouldn't run because Murdoch, chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., wanted Trump to win the election....

From above, the issue seems to be not whether other news outlets turned down the story but the reason Mr Murdoch wouldn't run it, i.e., whether it was because Mr Murdoch wanted candidate Trump to win the election.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-09 04:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The news outlets got outbid by trampy.
That is the story.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2019-03-09 05:26 PM | Reply


You are not wrong, but even that puts the lie to the whole "Fox killed the story" hysteria that had people like Shreek all frothy last week.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-09 05:43 PM | Reply

(Fox did kill the story though.)

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-09 05:54 PM | Reply

(so did GMA, Slate and the Daily Beast)

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-09 06:24 PM | Reply

#14 saw the edited portion of the video that the MSM wanted him to see.

He clearly hasn't seen the whole video..

#16 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-03-09 07:01 PM | Reply


IKR, he totally missed the part where the entire indigenous tribe bukkake'd all over Stormy's face.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-09 07:43 PM | Reply

(So then there was no lie last week about the fact that Fox News killed the story.)

(But there was a lie in #13.)

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-10 10:00 AM | Reply

Fox is State news anyway. 💀

#19 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-03-10 11:05 PM | Reply

Considering how up-in-arms so many of the DR lefties were over the New Yorker story, it's telling they are absent here.

I'm still hoping Rcade weighs in - with his background in journalism he should have a credible perspective on this.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-11 10:25 AM | Reply

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