It turns out lots of hosts at Fox Business and Fox News are suddenly promoting their own Scott Brown as Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick.
Earlier this week, we wrote about Fox anchor and vice president Neil Cavuto telling Brown that after viewing a photo of Brown and Trump together, “I looked at this and said, ‘That could be the ticket right there!’”
Now, Media Matters has caught Fox News and Fox Business hosts repeating that suggestion four more times. For example:
Fox Business host Trish Regan interviewed Brown about him potentially being Trump's vice president. Regan agreed with Trump's assessment that Brown could be a VP candidate out of "central casting." Regan also explained that "what a lot of viewers may not realize about you -- because, you know, when you come on set here you're all spiffy, dressed in your nice suit -- is that you're a pretty regular guy. I mean, you drive a pickup. You work assembling bikes at Gus' Bike Shop in North Hampton." She later asked him, "vice-presidential nominee, potential, would you consider it?" Brown replied he's "flattered" but it's "highly, highly unlikely." [Fox Business, Intelligence Report, 2/3/16]
Media Matters also reminds us that Fox has long worked to promote Brown’s political fortunes:
Fox News has spent years trying to further Brown's political career. The channel spent significant time boosting his only successful Senate run in 2010. After he lost his reelection bid in 2012, Brown was hired by Fox News. He then left the network and received major but ultimately unsuccessful help from Fox in his New Hampshire Senate bid. He was rehired by Fox in 2014.
Why, it’s almost like the “fair and balanced” network is acting as Brown’s agent or manager.
Watch Fox Business host Charles Payne tell Brown, "You look good in that seat," meaning the VP slot, below, from the February 3 Making Money with Charles Payne, via Media Matters.
Though it makes sense, I suppose. Trump is a loudmouth empty suit so he won’t want to be upstaged by a policy wonk or ideologue in the co-pilot’s seat. Best go for a Ken doll who can’t win an election and is no threat to The Donald’s legendary ego. 👍
And the GOP powers that be as well as Faux want some control. Any control. There was talk of Marco Rubio being a robot. Hell if the GOP ever had a wind up toy, it was Scott Brown. More programmable than the latest drone, you know they want him parked next to the Donald.
… but the Donald watched “The Manchurian Candidate” with Frank Sinatra and got the willies.