Here's what Fox News has been discussing — and it's not Manafort

Cheeseburger emojis and Halloween candy make the news. A major political story is ignored

By Taylor Link

Published October 30, 2017 10:19AM (EDT)

 (Getty/Stan Honda)
(Getty/Stan Honda)

The indictment of Paul Manafort Monday was the most significant development in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference. And some Fox News viewers may not even know about it.

The right-wing news network has bent over backwards Monday morning to avoid covering Manafort's perp walk into the FBI field office.

The charges against Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates involve 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money. They became the first two Trump associates charged in Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Fox, meanwhile, has been focusing mostly on tax returns and Halloween candy, Monday morning.

For the past week, Fox News and the Trump campaign have tried to distract from Mueller's investigation by pushing a narrative that implicates Hillary Clinton and the DNC as the real conspirators during the 2016 election. Sean Hannity has insisted that it was actually the Clintons, and even the Obama administration, who had a shady dealings with Russia.

As the GOP ramps up efforts to pass tax reform, Fox News appears determined to carve out space for Republicans to operate. The right-wing network has run interference for Trump, not just to protect his presidency, but also to shield efforts to cut taxes.

Fox's campaign to distract from Mueller became a parody Monday, as network hosts were discussing trivial topics such as cheeseburger emojis, as opposed to the arrest of an influential campaign staffer for Trump.

Before the 9:00 a.m. news show started on Fox, the network somehow avoided the Manafort news all together.

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