Fox News is now the official state sanctioned news network: Government staffers report that office TVs were switched from CNN to Fox News by order of the “current administration.”
According to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News the Trump administration ordered that all televisions at the Food and Drug Administration display the cable news network favored by conservatives. BuzzFeed News reports:
Staffers at the Food and Drug Administration were told that office TVs were switched from CNN to Fox News by order of the “current administration,” according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Politico also reports on the change:
The televisions in public areas at the Health and Human Services Department headquarters in Washington have been switched to Fox News. Now the same change appears to have applied to other HHS buildings, including Food and Drug Administration buildings in Maryland.
Think Progress reports the email explaining the new order from the Trump administration favoring Fox News “was initially obtained and shared to Twitter by journalist Paul Thacker and later by BuzzFeed’s Julia Reinstein.”
.@CharlesPPierce, Here's a screen shot of the FDA email announcing all Fox, all the time.
Screen shot protects the sender. pic.twitter.com/cnRQ2ahJQ9
— Paul Thacker (@thackerpd) May 5, 2017
BuzzFeed News reports “the email was sent on Wednesday to researchers at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the FDA branch that regulates medical products.”
The email, which was sent by an employee in charge of the digital displays, reads in part:
… a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display FOX news. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I am unable to change any of the monitors to any other news source at this time.
However, in a possible attempt at damage control, a spokesperson for the FDA denied the claim that the Trump administration was behind the changes:
There was no directive or memorandum from the Administration that went out to employees about broadcast news channels displaying on monitors in common areas throughout the FDA’s White Oak campus.
In related news, Mediaite reports President Trump speaks to Fox News Chief Rupert Murdoch “almost every day.”
Bottom line: For all intents and purposes, Fox News is the official state sanctioned news network.