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President Donald Trump isn’t shy about his love of Fox News, which he says is the only television network that is not “fake news.” But now, it appears, watching Fox News isn’t just a preference—it’s Trump administration policy.
Employees at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) said on Friday that the White House ordered the office to turn all televisions to Fox News.
The email appears to have been first tweeted out by freelance science journalist Paul Thacker.
BuzzFeed reporter Julia Reinstein later confirmed the email and that the TVs had actually been changed to show Fox News.
Someone at CBER sent me the email which told staff TVs had been switched to Fox News by order of the admin pic.twitter.com/rsCzpOtdpv— Julia Reinstein (@juliareinstein) May 5, 2017
Here's Fox News on the TVs at CBER, same day an email went out to staff saying it had been switched from CNN to Fox by order of Trump admin pic.twitter.com/uVPx8jekIk— Julia Reinstein (@juliareinstein) May 5, 2017
Here’s the full email sent on Wednesday, May 3:
Good Morning, CBER Researchers,
Please excuse me for sending this out to your entire group via your listserv, but I was alerted by a member in your group and I wanted to let everyone know that the reason for the change from CNN to FOX.
The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display FOX news.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but I am unable to change any of the monitors to any other news source at this time.
The forced watching of Fox News by FDA researchers came just days before the Trump campaign blasted four of the top five major television networks for “censorship” after the broadcasters—CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC—refused to air an ad praising the president’s first 100 days in office.
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.