Fox News has a variety of guests who come onto the channel and defend the President. This roster of surrogates is made up of current and former lawmakers, social media figures and writers for major newspapers and websites.
Some of those pundits are more than willing to spread information that comes from dubious sources. A recent Fox News memo, leaked by the Daily Beast, shows that the network was very concerned about certain guests and their willingness to spread disinformation.
The memo was largely concerned about John Solomon, who previously worked for The Hill and The Washington Times. Solomon has been criticized for his connection to Rudy Giuliani and his actions in the Ukraine.
According to the Daily Beast, “The research brief is especially critical of Solomon, a former opinion columnist at The Hill whose opinion pieces about Ukraine made unsubstantiated claims about its government interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. John Solomon played an indispensable role in the collection and domestic publication of elements of this disinformation campaign.”
The 162 page document also references frequent Fox News guest Rudy Giuliani. The memo continues, “Reading the timeline in its entirety—not a small task—makes clear the extensive role played by Rudy Giuliani and his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, in spreading disinformation.”
Fox responded to the Daily Beast report, “The Ukraine briefing book is nothing more than a comprehensive chronological account of what every person involved in the Ukraine controversy was doing at any identifiable point in time, including tracking media appearances of major players who appeared on FOX News and in many other outlets.”