A source with intimate knowledge of the situation is claiming two Fox News hosts secretly maneuvered to get Judge Jeanine Pirro suspended over her controversial remarks about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), with one, Bret Baier, allegedly seeking to curry favor with Democrats to reverse a decision to not allow Fox to host any of the party’s presidential primary debates by getting Fox to suspend Pirro. (Update: Baier denies source’s claim.)
The source asked TGP for anonymity to speak freely about the behinds the scenes maneuvers:
The original complaint came from Bret Baier’s team. Bret saw an opportunity to make Fox News acceptable enough to the left, so he could get himself a job of hosting the Democratic Debates. Bret supported one of his producers, Hufsa Kamal, in tweeting out a condemnation of Judge Jeanine to put pressure on Fox News to suspend her show. Hufsa Kamal, a producer of Special Report with Bret Baier, has a history of anti-conservative tweets.
Shepard Smith, known as a “never-Trumper”, also played a major role in the Judge’s suspension. “He lobbied 24/7 to suspend her.”
Fox News placed Jerry Andrews, a far-left, anti-conservative as Executive Producer of Justice with Judge Jeanine to “muzzle Judge Jeanine from speaking the truth.” Andrews has a long history of anti-conservative, anti-Trump social media activity.
Fox News has made no official statement on Pirro’s future with the cable network, other than to say it would not comment on “internal scheduling matters,” as the network abruptly pulled her regularly scheduled Justice with Judge Jeanine show last Saturday night and has apparently canceled this upcoming Saturday’s show. Anonymous sources have filled in TGP and other outlets reputed backstabbing maneuvering against Pirro.
Fox’s silence shows a lack of commitment to return Pirro to the air.
On Monday, Fox announced it was hiring former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile as a Fox News Contributor. When she worked for CNN in 2016, Brazile was busted for secretly feeding Hillary Clinton debate questions.
Anonymous sources at Fox relayed to reporters at CNN and the New York Times on Sunday that Pirro has been suspended for two weeks for her comments about Omar and a possible conflict between her adherence to Shariah Law, as represented by her wearing a hijab, and her oath to defend the Constitution. The context of Pirro’s comments was the roots of Omar’s anti-Semitism and what it means for the future of the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democratic Party.
Jeanine Pirro was *suspended* by Fox News after her widely criticized commentary about @IlhanMN, according a source familiar with the matter. It's unclear how long the suspension will last. Fox declined to confirm or deny this. https://t.co/pp2Rn3QYb5
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 17, 2019
NYT matches my reporting from earlier today: Fox's Jeanine Pirro "has been formally suspended by the network because of her remarks, according to a person told of the decision…" https://t.co/yC5AAx1r1j
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 18, 2019
Pirro has not spoken out publicly about the controversy since Sunday, March 10, when Fox issued a statement condemning her remarks and simultaneously issued a statement from Pirro explaining her comments.
More anonymous sources are now filling the void with reports that Pirro is being targeted by liberals at Fox News.
The Hollywood Reporter on Monday quoted a source close to Fox saying executives have never liked Pirro, to explain why the network stood by fellow opinion host Tucker Carlson who has also been under fire–but for remarks he made a decade ago on talk radio.
Fox News was quick to condemn Pirro’s remarks but has not criticized Carlson’s comments, some of which were made when he was an MSNBC employee. A source familiar with the network’s strategy explained the divergent approach: “They love Tucker. They do not like Jeanine Pirro. They never have.”
President Trump, a long term friend of Pirro who has appeared on her show several times, spoke out on Twitter Sunday in support of Pirro. Trump also attacked Shepard Smith and two weekend news hosts as better suited for CNN.
Text of the only official statements by Fox and Pirro on Pro’s remarks about Omar, followed by video and relevant transcript.
Fox: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Pirro: “I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Pirro addressing Pelosi in the statement that led to her suspension:
Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it.
Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
I don’t have to tell you, Nancy, Jews have been persecuted almost from the beginning of time, when they were forced out of Egypt, to the six million killed in the Holocaust. And now we are witnessing the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe where incidents are up seventy-four percent in the last year alone in France. Where Jewish cemeteries are regularly desecrated with swastikas and people relay the common tropes of Jews with too much money and influence.
We all know how it starts. It starts that way. Hate is hate. Hate leads to violence and violence leads to retaliation. Which then leads to unrest and worse.
Yes, Nancy, it’s all about hating Israel to promote the cause of Palestine. President Trump was right when he said the Democrat Party is now the anti-Israel party. And don’t forget, Nancy, history has proven over an over when you appease anti-Semitic sentiment, the worst happens.
And in your case, Nancy, the danger for you is that your appeasing this behavior will lead to your removal as Speaker and the Democrats, now controlled by socialists and anti-Semites, will lose the presidency in 2020.”
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