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November 27, 2018

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was not in for any surprises during interviews with Fox & Friends last year.

The Daily Beast reports that emails show Fox & Friends producers sharing scripts and topics with Pruitt's office ahead of interviews with him. In one example, Pruitt's office reached out to Fox News hoping he could come on to talk about the EPA's new direction, and a producer replied with "pre-interview questions on the agreed upon topic." The producer also asked for "talking points" from the EPA's office, as well as the "top three priorities are for the EPA that Mr. Pruitt would like to discuss specifically."

Additionally, this producer sent over a portion of the script that would be introducing Pruitt, allowing his office to approve it. As you might imagine, the script is favorable to Pruitt, touting his office's "new direction" to clean up the "huge mess" left by former President Barack Obama. Other emails show that ahead of a separate interview, Pruitt's office was sent a list of exactly the topics the hosts would be asking about.

Fox News says this was "not standard practice whatsoever and the matter is being addressed internally with those involved." Read more at The Daily Beast. Brendan Morrow

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