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Emails show ‘Fox & Friends’ let Scott Pruitt sign off on a segment about the EPA
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The Daily Beast reports a public record request showed emails between Fox & Friends—Fox News‘s morning talk show that has been a favorite of President Donald Trump—and Pruitt’s team, where they approved part of the show’s script for an interview with the now-former administrator.
As the news outlet points out, it is common for producers to discuss topics and have pre-interview questions with interviewees, but having a public official’s office approve scripts of shows is against journalistic norms.
The script that was approved by Pruitt’s office was quite flattering to the new EPA chief. The script said the EPA would be going in a “new direction” and blasted former President Barack Obama‘s administration for leaving behind a “huge mess.”
When a Fox & Friends producer asked if the script would “be ok as the set up” to the segment, the EPA chief’s office responded that it was “perfect.”
Pruitt resigned from the EPA earlier this year. Fox News told the Daily Beast the emails were “not standard practice” and that it would be addressed internally.
You can read all of the Daily Beast’s report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).