Tobin Smith, a paid contributor on Fox News for 14 years, said that the network is as fake as pro wrestling. The network inflates the resumes of expert analysts and that panel discussions are scripted "almost exactly like pro wrestling," Smith writes on Medium: "The Fox News opinion panel scam works like this. More often than not, in my panel segments I was the protagonist or 'designated hit man' a.k.a. the one called on by the host (as instructed by the producers in my ear or the ear of the host) to 'kill 'em.' You'd know I was the designated hit man when the panel show hosts tossed the final death blow 15 -- 20 seconds to me when they say 'Toby, you have the final word.' But before I delivered the final rhetorical death blow ... the producer of the segment had given me my script 24 hours before the show started . I knew 24-48 hours in advance of how the designated liberal was going to argue his/her point ... and more important how I was going to win."
Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died Thursday morning at 77, Fox News reported.
The Guardian buries the lede here. More information from the UK spy documents on Russian having of the election. Besides just claiming contact between the Trump organization but also claims they paid Russia to control the hackers.
The White House denied knowledge of the matter after it was reported that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had registered as being a foreign agent because his consulting firm was under contract with the Turkish government. Now it has been reported that Flynn's attorneys had on two occasions, once before the inauguration and then again after, notified the White House legal counsel team that Flynn may have to register as a foreign agent. Furthermore, Vice President Mike Pence claimed on Fox News on Thursday that he was only just hearing of Flynn's potential conflict of interest that same day. He made that claim despite having received a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings last November asking for more details on the specific matter of Flynn being paid to lobby on behalf of Turkey.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. While Flynn was serving as one of Trump's primary foreign policy advisors during the campaign, he was also employed to lobby in the US on behalf of the Turkish government.
Flynn continued to work on behalf of the Turkish government up until the time he was going to be named National Security Advisor. The White House claims they had no knowledge of Flynn's involvement Turkey despite media reports at the time that called the possibility into question.