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August 5, 2020

President Trump's campaign isn't letting up on its request for another presidential debate. And to make the job easier, it has a list of potential hosts already picked out.

On Wednesday, the Trump campaign yet again called for a fourth, earlier presidential debate between the incumbent and former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, arguing the first debate scheduled for Oct. 22 will come after many Americans have already voted early. The campaign submitted 24 people it would like to see moderate the proposed September debate along with that request, and nearly half of them work for Fox News.

Along with the Fox News hosts, many of whom have been constantly sympathetic to and even supportive of Trump in the past, the list includes other members of the conservative media who've supported Trump as well. And to round it all off, there are a few high-profile journalists from ABC News, CBS News, and a few other major outlets.

This isn't Trump's first attempt to get another debate on the schedule, though he previously tasked Rudy Giuliani with advocating for a free-for-all, moderator-less debate where Trump and Biden ask each other the questions. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 20, 2017

A former employee of Fox News says the network rebuffed her requests to investigate ties between President Trump and Russia — even when she offered to pay her own travel expenses to Moscow, Bloomberg reported Monday. "You can't do in-depth reporting if you're not [in Russia]," said Jessica Golloher, a former Fox Radio correspondent who is suing the company for gender discrimination. "Fox is just buying what the White House is selling."

Golloher made the claim during her testimony to Britain's Parliament, as the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) considers whether "Fox has a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards." The CMA review of Fox's broadcasting standards stemmed from a bid by Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, to buy the U.K telecommunications company Sky. The review was additionally triggered in part over allegations that the White House and a prominent Trump donor pushed Fox News to publish an article that used fabricated quotes to call into question Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Although Fox News did not send a representative to the hearing, the network referred Bloomberg to an earlier statement from May which said Golloher's claims "are without merit. Her allegations of discrimination and retaliation are baseless. We will vigorously defend the matter."

Fox News' various TV personalities have been loudly skeptical of ties between Trump and Russia and have in some cases claimed that Hillary Clinton is really the one who conspired with Moscow. In late October, CNN reported that several Fox News employees were appalled by their network's coverage of the Russia investigation. One TV personality even texted CNN, "I'm watching now kicking and screaming. I want to quit." Kelly O'Meara Morales

February 26, 2015

It's likely not a surprise that a majority (66 percent) of Republicans trust Fox News. 

What is more surprising, though, is that Fox is both the most and least trusted news source, according to a new study from Public Policy Polling. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they trusted Fox News over ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN, and NBC, while 30 percent of respondents said they trusted Fox the least.

The only network that Republicans and Democrats agree is reliable? PBS.  Stephanie Talmadge

May 22, 2014

Wednesday night's Daily Show started out with an analysis of Tuesday's big day of primary elections. Jon Stewart's analysis is heavy on Tea Party losses and his delightful Mitch McConnell/Cecil Turtle impersonation. But it pretty quickly moved on to India, where Jason Jones has been doing some actual reporting on India's democracy. Jones so far has been purportedly disappointed at how advanced and (apparently) clean India's elections are compared with America's.

India's vibrant democracy "made me sad, downtrodden," Jones said on Wednesday, "until I saw this." What he points to is India's news media, from its amazingly chaotic TV shows filled with screaming heads to its 193,000 registered newspapers. It's fun to watch Jones spar with cable news star Rajdeep Sardesai, editor in chief of CNN-IBN — Sardesai walking back his criticism of parent brand CNN is priceless — but the legitimately disturbing part of the story involves India's print media. You can apparently buy favorable coverage in Indian newspapers, and Jones does, for $2,500. You have to watch to believe. --Peter Weber

May 14, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been waging a pretty high-profile rhetorical war against Charles and David Koch, the multi-billionaire industrialists who are putting their money where their conservative, small-government mouths are. Jon Stewart isn't against that crusade, but on Tuesday night's Daily Show he focused more on Reid's unwillingness to similarly criticize Nevada billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who also dumps tons of money into conservative causes. In case the flagrant double standard isn't obvious, Jason Jones spelled it out, with visual aids. --Peter Weber

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