Deputy People editor JD Heyman told Fox News viewers there had been “absolutely” no coordination or communication with the Hillary Clinton campaign about a bombshell account of one its reporters being sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.
In case you’re having trouble keeping track, People writer Natasha Stoynoff wrote what was probably the most troubling of the four accusations against Trump that broke Wednesday night: a personal account of what happened to her many years ago when she interviewed Trump:
We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.
Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance.
Trump’s hideous response suggested Stoynoff was too ugly to abuse. It made him look even more predatory:
She’s doing a story on Melania, who is pregnant at the time, and Donald Trump, our one year anniversary. And she said I made inappropriate advances. And, by the way, the area was a public area, people all over the place.
Take a look. You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.
Trump also suggested that the story had been planted by the Clintons to distract from a Wikileaks release of emails:
It’s not coincidence that these attacks come at the exact same moment, and all together at the same time as WikiLeaks releases documents exposing the massive international corruption of the Clinton machine, including 2,000 more e-mails just this morning.
These people are horrible people, they’re horrible, horrible liars. And interestingly, it happens to appear 26 days before our very important election, isn’t that amazing?
Last night, Heyman told Fox News host Megyn Kelly that neither Stoynoff nor anyone at People had any “awareness” of other stories of sexual assault or misconduct that came out the same night.
HEYMAN: She had no awareness. We had no awareness of other women’s stories. There’s no coordination with anyone. This is a person we worked with and we cared for.
KELLY: No one reached out to you from the Clinton campaign?
HEYMAN: No, absolutely not. Absolutely not. We’re not a political magazine. We don’t have an ideology.
Heyman also called Trump’s attack on Stoynoff’s looks “a pretty good illustration of why she felt she couldn’t come forward” until now.
Watch it below, from the October 13, 2016 The Kelly File.
They’re doing a full court press on WikiLeaks. Blowing it up as Hillary “skirting the law” without providing a single example. Accusing Hillary of “pay for play” with the Clinton Foundation without providing a single example. Just spinning generalizations data-mined from a 2010 audit report. Raging over a paid speech by Bill Clinton forgetting the Clinton’s weren’t even the highest paid people represented by their agency. Some of Fox News’ Republican heroes made as much, if not more, giving speeches than the Clintons. Fair and balanced indeed!
But the funniest bit is “Fox & Friends” data-mining the networks spending more on Trump than Clinton and WikiLeaks for a single day. Meanwhile, 2 days in a row Fox News “Fox & Friends” have whitewashed Trump while obsessing on smearing Hillary. Completely unbalanced and biased coverage. Hypocrisy has no meaning to the curvy couch crowd!
But none of this matters anyway to the last Fox News Trumpet holdouts like Hannity, Doocy, Kilmeade, et al because who cares if The Donald assaults women when the real issue is Trump is a bigot they admire and adore?