President Trump's decision to promote Heather Nauert has given critics reason to believe the White House is turning into the Fox News channel. Nauert was a Fox News anchor who was then hired by Trump to be the State Department spokeswoman. On Friday, Trump was pleased to announce she was going to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
A few other former Fox News employees and managers went to work for Trump, many of whom ended up in his communications office. Bill Shine, former co-president of Fox News, is now the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. Mercedes Schlapp was a Fox News commentator before she too was hired to work in the White House communications office. Tony Sayegh, a former Fox contributor, now serves in communications at the Treasury Department. Other former Fox employees now serve in other capacities in the Trump administration, including in national security.
Washington Post's Philip Bump was among those who noticed the trend. In his latest piece, he analyzes what he terms the "Foxification" of the Trump administration.
This criticism gave former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer pause. He did some math and found that Trump's predecessor was guilty of hiring quite a few journalists too.
Fleischer had an answer for that too.
No, silly. Barack Obama had his pick of reporters from every network, newspaper and magazine. They almost all fell for him, and those who didn’t join his Administration loved him and gave him soft coverage for 8 years.