Many people already refer to Fox News as ‘state-run media‘, as more and more of their analysts and commentators seem to defend President Trump in any way possible, while covering the majority of Trump’s propaganda-filled rallies, and ignoring much of the news that portrays the 45th president in a negative light.
There are many conflicts of interest which exist between the White House and members of the Fox News team. There is no arguing that. Now things seem to be becoming even more ‘conflicted’, as a new report obtained by CNBC shines light on a severance package that was given by Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, to current White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communication, Bill Shine.
When Shine resigned in May of 2017, after being accused of covering up sexual harassment at Fox News, he received $8.4 million in severance pay. Additionally Shine is scheduled to receive bonus payments of $3.5 million per year in 2018 and 2019, amounting to a total of $7 million for years which Shine will likely be employed at the White House.
Shine, a longtime Republican, has played a critical role in the White House since being hired on July 5, 2018 to help run the White House’s press team under President Trump. He replaced Hope Hicks after she resigned.
Hill Reporter has reached out to the White House, but they have not returned our request for comment.