"Falzone told colleagues that LaCorte said to her, 'Good reporting, kiddo".
Mr. LaCorte denies telling Ms. Falzone any of this, despite one of her colleagues confirming they heard this account. Regardless, we now have it on good authority that Fox News reporters bent to the whim of chairman Rupert Murdoch to ensure the porn actress pay-off didn't create any unwanted friction for the Republican candidate.
"Fox [News] has been so aligned with Trump, really, that you can see that it is nearly an arm of the West Wing", Mayer told CNN on Tuesday morning.
After Mayer's report came out on Monday, CNN host Brian Stelter accused Fox News of putting Trump's interests ahead of the interests of their viewers.
Trump, who reportedly watches as much as 3-4 hours of Fox News Channel coverage during the work day in addition to his viewing of after-hours shows such as those hosted by Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, is in the habit of ranking Fox News hosts based on their loyalty to him and his agenda. After months of pursuing the story, Falzone confirmed the sexual relationship through multiple sources.
"Falzone discovered that the National Enquirer, in partnership with Trump, had made a "catch and kill" deal with Daniels - buying the exclusive rights to her story in order to bury it. Falzone pitched this story to Fox, too, but it went nowhere".
Fox also told Darcy at the time that the network was unable to verify Falzone's story. She sued Fox and reached a settlement.
In January 2018, The Wall Street Journal finally broke the story of the alleged affair and payments to Daniels to keep silent weeks before the election. He also reiterated his stance that "Fake News Media is the true Enemy of the People!"
In a sprawling investigation for The New Yorker, Jane Mayer digs up some troublesome links bound to make even the most complacent fans of Fox question whether the outlet has become merely a mouthpiece for the Oval Office.
Trump and his legal team have called Cohen a liar.