— Did Fox bury news that former Trump adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI?
In October, I helped debunk the claim that Fox News failed to report the recent indictment of former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort in favour of a story about cheeseburger emojis.
Now comes the claim that Fox buried news about another Trump aide, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who today pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Michael Flynn with Trump (source)
The claim went viral after this tweet by CNN’s senior media reporter Oliver Darcy:
That tweet was followed shortly by this from NBC’s national politics reporter Alex Seitz-Wald:
The New York Daily News subsequently ran the claim with the headline: “Fox News focuses on Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting immediately after Michael Flynn’s guilty plea”
But did the famously Trump-friendly news network really bury news of Flynn’s guilty plea?
Not according to the Fox News website, where the “big story” currently leading the headlines is, you guessed it…
Further investigation shows that Fox started tweeting the story at least an hour and a half prior to Darcy’s initial tweet.
Meanwhile, the Clinton-Lynch story has taken a back seat.