The Fox is Guarding the Hen House …

Back in the days when I frequently made hiring decisions, my usual venue to search for employees was the local newspaper.  In the last few years of my career, I more often used CareerBuilder or Monster.com.  On a few occasions, when hiring for a higher-level position, I used headhunters.  But never in my most desperate moments would I have dreamed of using Fox News as an employment agency!

bill-shineToday came the announcement that Trump has hired Bill Shine, formerly of Fox News, to be the new communications director, a position previously held by Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer and Michael Dubke.  The position has been empty since Hicks left in March after testifying to the House Intelligence Committee that she had lied for Trump.

Shine comes with his own built-in set of controversies, as he was forced to leave Fox News in disgrace in May 2017.  Shine was accused of covering up for a number of sexual harassment cases within the network.  He had been known as Roger Ailes “fixer”, similar to the role Michael Cohen played for Trump.  Ailes was forced out amid a wave of sexual assault allegations that Shine, apparently, tried to cover up, but that later came back to bite him.  Hmmmm … it seems that he will fit right in with the immorality that exists in the White House, doesn’t it?

But this is not the first time Trump has sought to hire Fox News castoffs!

  • john-boltonNational Security Advisor, John Bolton, has been a Fox commentator/contributor for the past ten years.  When hired on by Trump, he indicated that he still considers himself a Fox contributor.

  • Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Heather Nauert, was an anchor on Fox and Friends since 2007, and was hired into the State Department in April 2017, promoted to her current position in March 2018.


  • White House Director of Strategic Communications, Mercedes Schlapp, was a Fox News contributor until her hiring in September 2017; however, she continues to appear regularly on Fox News.


  • Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Tony Sayegh, has been with Fox since 2009, and despite his duties in his new position, he still finds time to appear regularly on Fox News.


  • K.T. McFarland was hired by Trump shortly after the inauguration in January 2017, to serve as Deputy National Security Advisor under Michael Flynn.  McFarland was a Fox contributor since around 2010.  However, after Flynn’s resignation, she was asked to step down.


  • larry-kudlowAlthough this one comes from CNBC instead of Fox, it is worth noting that Director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, was hired in March 2018 to replace Gary Cohn who decided he had enough of Trump’s ways.  Kudlow had his own program, The Kudlow Report, until he left to take the position Trump offered.

Given the number of these people who continue to be ‘Fox-friendly’, I have to suggest that we do, indeed, have a state-run media in the U.S., and its name is Fox News.

Bill Shine is known to be a close confidant of Trump’s best buddie Sean Hannity, and I see, with his hiring, even stronger ties between Fox and the White House.  Donald Trump’s main ‘claim to fame’ is his old television ‘reality’ show, The Apprentice.  Trump is an entertainer, a provocateur, and he is running our government like just another freak show.  Frankly, if she weren’t suing him, it wouldn’t surprise me for him to put Stormy Daniels in the position of Director of the Office of Cabinet Affairs!  A fitting position, don’t you think?stormy-danielsWe needed a president who thought with his head, one who understood the workings of government, foreign relations, and environmental concerns, to name a few.  We needed a president who had morals, values. We needed a president who represented the best interests of the people … all the people.  We needed an intelligent, compassionate president. Instead, we got Trump and his band of entertainers.  The White House has been turned into the entertainment capital of the nation.  Eat your heart out, Hollywood!

26 thoughts on “The Fox is Guarding the Hen House …

  1. In moments of boredom, I have pondered about what would become of all the swamp creatures as Trump drains the swamp. Now, I have the answer…they are alive and well, living in the White House! Thank-you!

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    • Drains the swamp? No no no … as you said, he has invited them all to a 24/7 party in the White House AND he has added some even bigger crocodiles and alligators, I believe a few Gila Monsters, too! 😉

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  2. Jill, with a man who has made some god-awful hiring decisions, this will rival Michael Flynn and the Mooch as his worst hires. The media let him change the subject with his Montana regurgitation last night, but this should get significant scrutiny for all the reasons you note. Keith

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    • That is the best way to put it … Montana regurgitation! I saw snippets of it and just rolled my eyes, then went in search of real news, for I didn’t get a bit of sense from anything he said, yet the crowds apparently loved him. Sigh. Yes, I think Shine is another despicable character … since when does the president hire from a disreputable news network, for Pete’s sake???? Sheesh!

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  3. Dear Jill,

    President Trump figured out what he is good at which is producing and directing his own reality show. This is when looking good or looking the part becomes more important than someone’s bona fides. He can create his own truth this way with FOX TV dittoing everything he says and vice versa.

    This is the kind of man that President hired in Bill Shine. For 20 years he covered for Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly and others as they used their female employees to fulfill their sexual proclivities. In one case an employee had been used by Roger Ailes for 20 years. When she went to Bill Shine for help, Mr. Shine called her Dad and tried to get her committed to a mental institution. In 2011, she settled for over $3 million dollars.

    He was complicit in creating this abusive work culture.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda, I think you hit the nail on the head in your first sentence. He was so good at it that he’s now putting the same tactics into action in the White House. IOW, the job of POTUS is nothing more to him that being the STAR of “The Oval Office” … and picking “contestants” he thinks will make him look good.

      One big difference with his “new” TV show is I can’t change channels. All I can do is hope Mueller gets him off the air VERY soon!

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    • I wasn’t aware of that story, Gronda! That is terrible! Yes, I do believe Mr. Shine will fit right in with Trump & Co, for he obviously has no morals either. Scum … they are all scum! Once this crew is gone from the White House, I vote we burn it down and rebuild, for I don’t think we will ever be able to get the stench out!
      Hugs!!!

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    • I thought the same, but then … I don’t think there is enough disinfectant to get rid of the filth that will be left behind and, sad though it makes me, I think we will have no choice but to raze it and start fresh.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is something to be very concerned about … IMHO!!
    ‘Drumpf has hired Bill Shine, formerly of Fox News, to be the new communications director, a position previously held by Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer and Michael Dubke. Bill Shine is known to be a close confidant of Drumpf’s best buddie Sean Hannity, and I see, with his hiring, even stronger ties between Fox and the White House.’

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