A report claims that Fox News management has forbidden network hosts to use the name of the alleged whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
On Oct. 31, an unnamed executive emailed Fox News staff that the network hasnt “independently confirmed [the] name or identification of the anonymous whistleblower” and called on staffers to “NOT fulfill any video or graphic requests” in relation to the identity of the anonymous persons identity, CNN reported.
Jeanine Pirro, the host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” suggested on Nov. 1 that hosts were going to follow such guidelines, saying that she and other hosts “apparently cant say” the persons name.
Fox News Sean Hannity also said on Monday that he “confirmed independently” the name of the person. “You know what, I will play the game for a little bit,” he told viewers. “I will take the lawyers threats that theyre going to sue me; it wouldnt go anywhere.”
There have been reports that identified the whistleblower, who apparently worked for the CIA.
Fox News has not responded to questions about the CNN report.
Meanwhile, the presidents son, Donald Trump Jr., has frequently tweeted the name of the person. President Trump himself and other Republicans have called for the identity of the whistleblower to be revealed so as to expose suspected biases.
The efforts to unmask the whistleblower have drawn rebuke from several senators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Attempts by the president and congressional Republicans to publicly identify the whistleblower are inexcusable and must stop. These efforts are nothing more than an attempt to distract the public from a legitimate investigation of serious allegations made against the president,” she wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
But Trump Jr. pushed back against the criticism.