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Fox's Maria Bartiromo fed Trump's chief of staff the questions she planned to ask him ahead of an on-air interview

Business Insider logo Business Insider 5/1/2022 ydzhanova@businessinsider.com (Yelena Dzhanova)
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  • Fox News host Maria Bartiromo gave former President Donald Trump specific questions ahead of an interview. 
  • It's generally an unethical journalistic practice to preview a specific line of questioning to a source ahead of an interview.
  • Bartiromo texted a Trump aide the specific questions and then parroted them on screen when he called in, CNN reported.

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo reportedly fed former President Donald Trump questions ahead of one of her on-air interviews with him. 

Bartiromo in a text to Trump's former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows outlined the questions she planned to ask him in a November interview, CNN reported.

"Hi the public wants to know he will fight this. They want to hear a path to victory. & he's in control," Bartiromo texted Meadows an hour before Trump's first scheduled interview since Election Day last year.

Bartiromo also appeared to agree with Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against them.


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"You've said MANY TIMES THIS ELECTION IS RIGGED," she wrote to Meadows. "And the facts are on your side. Let's start there. What are the facts? Characterize what took place here."

"Then I will drill down on the fraud including the statistical impossibilities of Biden magic (federalist). Pls make sure he doesn't go off on tangents," Bartiromo's text continued. "We want to know he is strong he is a fighter & he will win. This is no longer about him. This is about ????. I will ask him about big tech & media influencing ejection as well Toward end I'll get to GA runoffs & then vaccines."

Less than an hour after having sent off the text to Meadows, Trump called into Bartiromo's show, "Sunday Morning Futures." Bartiromo's questions for him on-air mirrored her outline to Meadows in the text message, CNN reported.

"Thank you for talking with us in the first interview since Election Day," Bartiromo said. "Mr. President, you've said many times that this election was rigged, that there was much fraud. And the facts are on your side. Let's start there. Please go through the facts. Characterize what took place."

It's generally regarded as an unethical journalistic practice to give a source specific questions ahead of a scheduled interview because it allows a source to plan and strategize responses, which can undermine accountability and scrutiny. 

Fox News Media did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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