In recent days, the biggest story to dominate the news cycle has been #Michael Flynn stepping down as National Security Adviser after being accused of illegal communication with Russian officials. The aftermath of the resignation has caused chaos for President #Donald Trump, which has also spilled over into the conservative media.
Fox News on Flynn
After Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States last November, he quickly chose retired Gen. Michael Flynn to fill the role as National Security Adviser. Instantly, critics were quick to lash out at the selection of Flynn, with many accusing the general of "Islamaphobia" for his past comments on Islam and Muslims. Since then, enough reports were able to confirm that Flynn spoke about lifting sanctions on the Kremlin with a Russian offical, which ultimately led to his resignation. These issues, and more, were discussed during the February 15 edition of "The O'Reilly Factor" on #Fox News.
Joining host Bill O'Reilly were fellow Fox News hosts Eric Bolling and Geraldo Rivera. While Bolling was mostly in agreement with O'Reilly, it was what Rivera said that caused the segment to implode. After playing a clip where Donald Trump accused the media of treating Michael Flynn unfairly, O'Reilly asked the panel why the president would ask him to resign. "If you didn't complain about hacks and leaks when they were damaging to Hillary Clinton, you have no moral right to complain about the hacks and leaks that took down Gen. Flynn," Rivera said. Not stopping there, Rivera then went on to cite recent reports that link Trump campaign officials to the Russian government.
"You’re doing something un-American," Bill O'Reilly said to Geraldo Rivera, before adding, "You're convicting!" "I resent that!" Rivera fired back. The two continued to go back and forth, until Bolling cut into the debate in an attempt to calm the situation.
With Michael Flynn now gone from the administration, the former host of "The Apprentice" appears more concerned with the information leading to his resignation being leaked to the press, than he does his former adviser being involved in illegal activity. As time goes on, Trump's war with the media will continued, as the administration struggles to get past its first month in power.