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Paul Ryan Is Concerned


You may be surprised that Paul Ryan did not decide to devote the rest of his life to his lifelong interest in alleviating poverty but instead went straight to the Beltway Wingnut Welfare circuit. One of his brand spanking new sinecures is on the board of America’s most influential white nationalist propaganda network, and a pathetic form of hilarity did ensue:

The ultimate referee of this fight will be Lachlan Murdoch. In recent months, Rupert’s oldest son has been holding strategy conversations with Fox executives and anchors about how Fox News should prepare for life after Trump. Among the powerful voices advising Lachlan that Fox should decisively break with the president is former House speaker Paul Ryan, who joined the Fox board in March. “Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it,” an executive who’s spoken with Ryan told me. (Ryan did not return a call seeking comment.) But a person more sympathetic to Trump has told Lachlan that Fox should remain loyal to Trump’s supporters, even if the network has to break from the man. “We need to represent our viewers,” the source said. “Fox is about defending our viewers from the people who hate them. That’s where our power comes from. It’s not about Trump.”

I actually very much doubt that Ryan has the power to do anything at Fox. But what we do know is that Ryan did have the power to do something about Trump for two years and did absolutely nothing, because the only thing he cares about is 1)distributing as much wealth as possible upward and 2)setting himself up to get paid enormous amounts of money to do little-to-no-work jobs. Since not doing anything about Trump as long as he leads the Republican Party is still important to both, “absolutely nothing” is what he would do about Fox being a Trump propaganda network even if he had the power to do something.

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