Fox News, a lamp in the wilderness

Stop crying about Fox News not being perfect.

Jack Engelhard

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Fox News' Pete Hegseth visits Israel
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Over the past few days there’ve been murmurings that Fox News failed the test at being glatt kosher for Donald Trump.

Technically, glatt is the Yiddish term for smooth. But what we really mean is absolutely perfect and without blemish, and here is where some are complaining that Fox was no better and maybe even worse than the rest of the media when it came to covering our president-elect.

Include me out of that company of scoffers. I’ve been with Trump from day one. So have many others from right here at Arutz Sheva.

So I reserve the right to go on offense against the complainers. Perfection, you want? Not in this world. Also not from the “wasteland” that is television.

That was Newton Minow who characterized TV as a wasteland. He was head of the FCC and he pronounced it as such back in May 1961. Yes, 1961.

So what’s changed? Nothing much. Except that it’s gotten worse, and so far as news, absolutely worse.

For me, the test is as follows: anything that isn’t CNN is good. Same for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and The New York Times, naturally.

Which leaves us with Fox News and only Fox News. The rest, yes, is wasteland, or as I prefer, wilderness.

So what exactly is the problem? Seemingly, Fox wasn’t unanimously for Trump. But if you ask me, pretty darn close.

Never mind Megyn Kelly. We’ll talk more about her in a moment – and Krauthammer is losing me for remaining so deranged against Trump.

Three that come to mind as stalwart for Trump are Hannity, Dobbs and Varney.

O’Reilly regularly gave Trump a fair platform to speak his mind without the snobbery

For snobbery, recall Lesley Stahl’s bitchy interview with Trump – but that’s CBS for you.

Before Fox came along in 2005, everything was void, and for round the clock news there was only CNN and the dark days of covering Israel with malice aforethought. I called it the PLO, Yasser Arafat, Hanan Ashrawi network – and brother did they go after Israel with a vengeance. (Still do.)

...the cast for the Broadway show “Hamilton,” have no dignity and, for publicly insulting incoming Vice President Mike Pence, ought to be deported for creating a “hostile environment.”
So do not come crying to me about Fox News because it is not absolutely perfect.

The Jewish State does get a fair hearing – on Fox. That’s fair enough for me, considering the alternatives.

Yes, that’s the test, how they treat Israel. People who are unjust about Israel are rotten about everything else in life, so I have observed.

Notice that the same places that have a grudge against Israel likewise have a grudge against Trump and like the cast for the Broadway show “Hamilton,” have no dignity and, for publicly insulting incoming Vice President Mike Pence, ought to be deported for creating a “hostile environment.”

Shouldn’t the theater be a “safe space?”

Back to Megyn Kelly, she had Donald Trump at hello, but not in a good way.

Take it as a plug that in “News Anchor Sweetheart” I disclose all that and more in my novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly that is the perfect read for people who love her and the perfect gift for people who hate her. She has made enemies. Check out all those one-star “reviews” on Amazon for her book, though it is selling big.

We hear that Murdoch’s two sons intend to shape Fox News around her (if she stays) because, to them, she epitomizes fair and balanced.

Don’t know about this. I too have complaints about her non-stop badgering of Trump, even just by those repeated innuendoes.

But so far, Fox News remains the one-stop-shopping network for news, mindful that in this galaxy nothing much is completely kosher.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist: “News Anchor Sweetheart,” a novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: