CNN Host Says Fox News Does 'Disservice’ to Audience By Covering Up For Trump and ‘Promoting a Bunch of BS’

CNN host Brian Stelter on Monday accused Fox News of putting the interests of President Donald Trump above those of their viewers.

During a segment with anchor Erica Hill, Stelter and CNN contributor Bill Carter discussed the New Yorker report, published earlier Monday, which found that Fox News had the story of a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, before the presidential election in 2016, but chose to kill it.

The reporter, who worked the story for months, claimed the head of FoxNews.com decided not to run it because the company's CEO, Rupert Murdoch, wanted Trump to win over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Before delving into the story, Stelter pointed out that Fox News is made of two sections — Fox News and Fox opinion.

“The Fox News part has been shrinking and the Fox Opinion part's been expanding,” he said.

Stelter went on to argue that Fox News' close relationship with Trump "could be called, not state-run TV, but state-supported, state-sponsored television.”

“The White House and the president and Fox News have an alliance we haven't seen before,” Stelter explained. “Maybe a Democratic president would dream of having this some day with MSNBC, but it's never happened before.”

The CNN correspondent and host then criticized Fox News for “covering up bad news about Trump” at the expense of the American people.

“They're doing a disservice to their viewers. Ultimately, when the Sean Hannitys of the world are covering up bad news about Trump and promoting a bunch of BS and make Trump feel better, that's actually a disservice to the audience,” Stelter said. “It may make the president feel good, it doesn't help the audience, because it actually confuses the audience.”

In January 2018, Wall Street Journal first published the story of a $130,000 payment made to Daniels by the president's former attorney and “personal fixer” Michael Cohen to keep her from revealing details of an alleged affair with Trump. Since then, Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations over the Daniels payment and another to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen claims he made the payments after being directed by Trump.

Fox News did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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CNN host Brian Stelter on Monday criticized Fox News for doing a disservice to their viewers by covering for President Donald Trump and promoting a "bunch of BS." CNN/Screenshot