Editor’s note: We know now that Murdoch, the man behind Netanyahu, killed the Stormy Daniels story but, according to sources, the New Yorker and others, Trump paid him back by trying to kill the ATT Time Warner merger which would bankrupt CNN, according to many sources. It would also make billions for Rupert Murdoch.
According to sources, Trump told Stormy Daniels that after the birth of Barron, he and Menalia (or whatever her name is) were no longer cohabiting as “man and wife,” sleeping in separate bedroom and that he was a “free man.”
“We don’t even f%$k…we have separate room and stuff”…Donald Trump describing his marriage
Daily Beast: Jared talks to Murdoch ‘like, every day.’ Trump may have had Megyn Kelly’s debate question early—and ordered a hit on AT&T’s merger. A fast look at the new New Yorker bombshell.
In a far-reaching New Yorker exposé titled “The Making of the Fox News White House” published Monday, Jane Mayer dissects the often-incestuous relationship between the Trump White House and Fox News.
In it are numerous highly disturbing claims. Here, a quick look at several of them:
Fox News Sat on Story About Trump’s Payoff to Stormy Daniels
Mayer’s juiciest bit may just be one that Fox News passed on. “Diana Falzone, who often covered the entertainment industry, had obtained proof that Trump had engaged in a sexual relationship in 2006 with a pornographic film actress calling herself Stormy Daniels,” Mayer writes. She says Falzone had even confirmed it with Daniels through Gina Rodriguez, Daniels’ manager at the time and with Daniels’ former husband, Mike Moz, who she says “described multiple calls from Trump.” “Falzone had also amassed emails between Daniels’ attorney and Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, detailing a proposed cash settlement, accompanied by a nondisclosure agreement. Falzone had even seen the contract,” Mayer writes. CNN has previously reported that Falzone’s story was squashed by Fox.
Mayer quotes Falzone saying what LaCorte said to her. “Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert [Murdoch] wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go,” he reportedly said. But then Mayer concedes, “LaCorte denies telling Falzone this, but one of Falzone’s colleagues confirms having heard her account at the time.”
and from the Guardian:
Trump is known to speak regularly with a “brains trust” that includes the Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is given preferential access and widely suspected to have more influence with the world’s most powerful man than his own intelligence agencies. The New Yorker quotes Nicole Hemmer, author of Messengers of the Right, a history of the conservative media’s impact on American politics, as saying: “It’s the closest we’ve come to having state TV.”
The Wall Street Journal, also owned by Murdoch, revealed in January last year that Cohen had arranged the $130,000 transfer to Daniels weeks before the 2016 presidential election to stop her talking about the alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
On Monday, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published a major report on the quasi-merger between Trump and Fox News, suggesting the latter has power to shape government policy. It suggests that late last year Trump was poised to sign a spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown but was persuaded not to by Fox News pundits.
One of Mayer’s most significant findings relates to an effort in 2017 by Trump to pressure Gary Cohn, then director of the National Economic Council, to pressure the justice department to thwart AT&T’s $85bn acquisition of Time Warner.
The president reportedly summoned Cohn and Trump’s then chief of staff John Kelly into the Oval Office and said to Kelly: “I’ve been telling Cohn to get this lawsuit filed and nothing’s happened! I’ve mentioned it 50 times. And nothing’s happened. I want to make sure it’s filed. I want that deal blocked.”
The New Yorker reports: “Cohn, a former president of Goldman Sachs, evidently understood that it would be highly improper for a president to use the justice department to undermine two of the most powerful companies in the country as punishment for unfavorable news coverage, and as a reward for a competing news organization that boosted him.
read more at UK Guardian