Immediately following President Donald Trump’s disastrous Helsinki performance in which he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over America’s intelligence community, many over at Fox News offered up criticism that ranged from mild to somewhat pointed. It didn’t take long, however, for the loudest pro-Trump voices at Fox to chime in and take over in an effort to change the media narrative.
HLN host S.E. Cupp obviously noticed the two-day shift and pointed out that after Trump took fire from “someone he probably never expected” in Fox, that rebuke sure didn’t last long.
After playing clips of some of the most notable Fox critiques of the president, Cupp said that the “criticism, mild as it might have been, was a welcome show of independence, fairness, and backbone from a network that has been Trump’s most reliable defender this presidency.”
She continued, “It lasted about a minute. It wasn’t long before the cheerleading squad picked up their pom-poms and began offering a full-throated defense of the president.”
Cupp then tossed out clips of the usual suspects — Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro — all coming to Trump’s aid while complaining about liberal and media reaction.
Adding that Trump would go on to sit down in “gentle” interviews with Hannity and Tucker that aired this week, Cupp asked if this was “the lowest moment for the pro-Trump media.”
Later on, after CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter explained that there wasn’t a “one-size-fits-all reaction” from Fox and credit should be given where it’s due, Stelter said half-jokingly that perhaps Fox News should host a show that educates the president on the news of the day.
“I feel so weird to say this,” he said. “They have an opportunity to help teach the President of the United States every day. I sometimes joke there should be a show on Fox or on CNN called ‘Good Evening, Mr. President’ and here’s what happened today.
Stelter continued, “That’s kind of what Fox & Friends were doing the other day is coaching the president and that’s a role Sean Hannity could be playing as well. But instead, Hannity promotes outlandish theories…when in doubt, just say the media was overreacting and hysterical.”
Watch the clip above, via HLN.