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New York Times On Fox News: Trump's 'Propaganda Arm'

| by Oren Peleg

In a March 13 editorial on recently fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, The New York Times, called out Fox News for its close ties to President Donald Trump. Bharara had been investigating the news network for reportedly failing to disclose information to shareholders.

"So why fire him now?" the editorial asked. "It has been reported that Mr. Bharara’s office is investigating whether Fox News, essentially the propaganda arm of the White House, failed to properly alert its shareholders about settlements with employees who accused the channel’s former boss, Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment."

Trump and The New York Times have had a turbulent relationship since the president's election.

In February, the paper -- along with several other news agencies -- was barred from White House press briefings.

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“We’re going to aggressively push back,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at the time. “We’re just not going to sit back and let, you know, false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts get out there.”

Meanwhile, Fox News continues to come under attack from various news agencies about its seemingly pro-Trump slant.

"I hear from my sources inside Fox News who are frustrated that almost every story that producers program have to be filtered through a pro-Trump narrative and so we’re very clearly seeing [owner Rupert] Murdoch’s heavy hand in shaping the coverage of Fox News to help Trump," Gabe Sherman, national affairs editor at New York magazine, wrote in a book on Fox News' former head Roger Ailes, notes Vox.

CNN, notes that Murdoch, the billionaire head of the Fox media empire, has been a vocal critic of Trump as well as a friend.

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"Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rates than native born. Eg El Paso safest city in U.S. Trump wrong," Murdoch tweeted in July, after then-candidate Trump's now infamous comments on Mexican immigrants. "So FBI says 267,000 illegal aliens incarcerated. Who are the other two million presently incarcerated? Seems like social breakdown."

Then, in March 2016, Murdoch spoke out against the GOP for "talking immigration nonsense on strengthening the border while no net inflow from Mexico for long time."

"FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth," Trump tweeted on February 24, 2017. "A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!"

Sources: The New York Times (2), Donald Trump/Twitter, Vox, CNN / Photo credit: Google Maps

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