Political commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol blasted Fox News during a Mediaite podcast on Monday, calling the network “ridiculous” and “depressing.”
Host John Ziegler asked about his assessment of the conservative media: “Fox, Drudge, Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, people like that, lockstep supporting Trump for things for which they would brutalize Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, specifically what happened this week,” to which Kristol criticized them for “rationalizing everything” and making the case that everything Trump does is “reasonable and well thought out.”
“It’s ridiculous, honestly, and depressing,” he added.
Kristol remarked that parts of Fox News “have gone down a ridiculous path,” in reference to recent coverage on the Trump administration.
Later, he mentioned that Fox News shows, such as Bret Baier’s Special Report, offers solid news coverage but went on to say that “some of the evening shows, of course, Tucker and Sean Hannity, have become ridiculous.”
As a former contributor for Fox News, Kristol lambasted host Tucker Carlson as being one of the biggest offenders: “To see him on Fox — I don’t really watch him much but still — beating up some 20-year-old college liberal because he said something stupid, it’s really ridiculous.”
He then pointed out, “The fact that the left is wrong doesn’t mean Trump is right.”
Ziegler also touched on conservative media arguments accusing Democrats of hypocrisy given their previous criticisms of former FBI Director James Comey, and subsequent outrage at Trump’s decision to fire him last week. “So-called conservatives, especially in the media, have suddenly lost what the definition of what hypocrisy is,” Ziegler said.
Kristol replied, “If you’re the president, and you fire Comey, you have to defend firing Comey.”
The two “Never Trumpers” also engaged in a conversation about the president’s recent actions and alleged inconsistencies in stories surrounding Comey’s firing, which they suggest is evidence that “he’s not up to the job.”
Listen to the full podcast interview here.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 15, 2017
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