S.E. Cupp Slams Fox News — ‘Increasingly Becoming Untethered’ from ‘What We Expect News to Be’

Tuesday on HLN’s “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered,” host S.E. Cupp, formerly a contributor for the Fox News Channel, said the revelation that Sean Hannity was a client of President Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen showed Fox News was “increasingly becoming untethered from the standard preconceptions of what we expect news to be.”

Cupp said, “Whether Hannity is in any legal jeopardy regarding the Cohen investigation remains to be seen. As someone who knows and likes him, I certainly hope not. But what we can say for certain is, he should have disclosed this relationship to his viewers. On its face, it seems obvious. It’s a clear conflict of interest for Hannity to defend Cohen and his star client, the President of the United States, on his show regularly without revealing one of the reasons he might be doing so.”

She added, “Here is the deal. The Hannity/Cohen revelation exposes a bigger issue for Fox News which is that it is increasingly becoming untethered from the standard preconceptions of what we expect news to be. Now, to call Fox ‘infotainment’ is not new, nor do I think it’s particularly pejorative. Like other cable news channels, the network offers a melange of colorful personalities, ideological outrage, and, yes, good reporting too. Opinion infiltrated cable news long ago, but increasingly, and especially at Fox opinion, is not rooted in fact anymore. Instead, alarmingly it is sometimes rooted in flat-out fiction, and more often than not in feelings.”

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