Moving to eliminate any remaining vestiges of a news operation, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox network summarily fired two political newsroom veterans this week. The heavy-handed move was seen as punishment for when the channel angered Trump loyalists on Election Night by correctly calling Arizona for Joe Biden.
Out are senior vice president and D.C. managing editor Bill Sammon, and politics editor Chris Stirewalt. The “purge,” as network staffers have called it and included nearly 20 digital staffers, represents yet another confirmation that Fox News no longer pretends to be a journalistic outpost. Instead, facing new competition from the extreme far-right, the network eagerly sinks deeper into partisan, conspiratorial propaganda. And that’s why the network doesn’t deserve to have White House credentials for the new Democratic administration.