On Tuesday, President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen were both at the conclusion of their respective lengthy legal battles—and major cable news networks were breathlessly covering the cases as news came in.
Cohen pled guilty to several felony charges—including campaign finance violations—and said Trump ordered him to pay off adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of felony tax fraud, failing to declare a foreign bank account, and bank fraud. A judge declared a mistrial for 10 other counts levied against him.
While outlets like CNN, MSNBC, ABC and others covered the trials, people on the internet poked fun at Fox News‘s coverage of the events (or lack thereof).
While some jokes were critiques of Fox’s coverage, a meme popped up that’s essentially a running list of outlets covering the Manafort and Cohen news, ending with Fox News “covering” a completely unrelated (or bizarre) subject.
Fox has, in the past, talked about anything but the legal trouble of Trump associates.
CNN: Cohen & Manafort convictions.
ABC: Cohen to plead guilty.
MSNBC: Cohen plea deal.
FOX News: Are candelabras female candles?
— Sarah Sweeney (@heysarahsweeney) August 21, 2018
CNN: Michael Cohen reaches plea deal.
MSNBC: Michael Cohen reaches plea deal.
Fox News: Hillary Clinton wants open borders!
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) August 21, 2018
CBS: Manafort/Cohen story
NBC: Manafort/Cohen story
ABC: Manafort/Cohen story
CNN: Manafort/Cohen story
Headline News: Manafort/Cohen story
BBC: Manafort/Cohen story
MSNBC: Manafort/Cohen story
Local News: Manafort/Cohen story
Fox News: Immigrant implicated in murder
— Rebel Scum #42 (#ImpeachDonaldTrump) (@lipstickham) August 22, 2018
CNN – Cohen plea deal
MSNBC – Cohen plea deal
Fox News – Are cats becoming too tall?
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) August 21, 2018
cnn: cohen pleads guilty, implicates trump
msnbc: cohen pleads guilty, implicates trump
fox news: "celebs at mtv vma awards slam trump" pic.twitter.com/x935l7yXPn
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) August 22, 2018
Fox News: Look y’all there’s a car chase in Phoenix @seanhannity tonight: HILLARY SUCKS
— Will's 'Lunging Vegan' Rehab Facility (@bywillpollock) August 21, 2018
CNN: Manafort Convicted, Cohen Pleads Guilty
MSNBC: Manafort Convicted, Cohen Pleads Guilty
FOOD NETWORK: Manafort Convicted, Cohen Pleads Guilty
ANIMAL PLANET: Manafort Convicted, Cohen Pleads Guilty
FOX NEWS: Tasty Coleslaw Recipes For Labor Day
— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) August 21, 2018
CNN: Manafort and Cohen
MSNBC: Manafort and Cohen
Fox and Friends: Tooth fairy
Tell me, which one is fake news again? 🤔
— Giant Disembodied Head (@pantsmcshirt) August 22, 2018
To be fair, Fox News’s website had several stories dedicated to the Manafort and Cohen news on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with both trials taking up most of the real estate at the top of their politics section. And no stories about panda sex.
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