Fox News just shoved one of its weekday “objective news” shows into the midnight hour in favor of the comedic stylings of pro-Trump propagandist Greg Gutfeld.
Shannon Bream’s 11 PM Fox News @ Night, currently airing at 11 PM ET, will be relegated to the midnight hour, with Gutfeld taking over that slot in the second quarter, i.e. after March 31.
According to Mediaite, a Fox “insider” called the move “yet another descent into outright propaganda coverage fueled by the constant right-wing grievance machine that undergirds Fox.”
But Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said, “People need a reason to laugh” and she called his Saturday show “unique and irreverent.”
Here’s some of Gutfeld’s brand of uniqueness and irreverence:
- He called Joe Scarborough “Mr. Bozoface.”
- He called Bob Woodward’s recording of Donald Trump admitting he lied about the seriousness of the coronavirus epidemic, “a booger dressed as a bombshell.”
- He claimed Trump got coronavirus because “he took the risk” and “he was doing it for us.”
- He likened Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial to a deadly gas leak.
- Chickenhawk Gutfeld tweeted to veteran John Kerry, “Plug your knothole, Captain Driftwood,” because Kerry had the audacity to criticize Trump for not taking part in a ceremony at Aisne-Marne American cemetery in France, honoring the more than a thousand Americans killed during a ferocious battle of World War I.
We’ll see if this helps Fox’s ratings woes.
You can watch Gutfeld’s Mr. Bozoface “humor” below, from the December 4, 2018 The Five.
The ranking of US presidents depends on the criterion. A few months ago Gutfeld argued that Trump was the greatest President because he was the most entertaining, implying that entertainment should be the primary measure of Presidential greatness. If public entertainment were the sole criterion (which it is for not just Gutfeld but all of Fox “News”), Gutfeld might be right. Lincoln had the best jokes (Obama, maybe a close second) and was the most magnetic on a personal level—if you call that entertainment— but in public pronouncements Lincoln was virtually silent compared to Trump. Trump beats perhaps all other presidents put together on quantity of entertainment; Trump loses in the worst possible ways to all, especially to Lincoln, on the standard of quality.
Conversely, on the criterion of character— which evangelicals used to rate so highly and where Lincoln stands out—does anyone seriously question that Trump is the most deficient of any president? If president’s were rated on psychopathy, who would even come close to beating out Trump?* In Gutfeld’s adolescent hands, Trump’s thinly disguised, clinical-grade psychopathy is celebrated as the grandest-ever fart in the faces of liberals. Gutfeld’s stunted spirit—grinning on the outside, gruesome on the inside— is at the core of fascist mentality.
*Spare me listing those presidents who made horrible but at least somewhat well-meaning mistakes involving war. Relative to most other countries, Trump botched HIS war on the pandemic; and he has just been riding Obama’s momentum in avoiding foreign wars—it’s not for a lack of alienating allies or warlike language toward Iran and pre-love-affair N. Korea. However much Trump may or may not have risked foreign wars, he risked domestic war in ways unheard of for more than an century and a half. Not since U.S. Secretary of War John B. Floyd bolstered the South with federal armaments before leaving office in 1859/60 has a federal official, let alone a president, breathed life into a cult of a coming civil war.