Fox News Helped Cover Up Story On Trump Relationship With Adult Film Star: Report
According to a new report published Tuesday, Fox News helped cover up a story the network had on an alleged sexual relationship between President Trump and adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford by suppressing its release before the 2016 election.
A month before the 2016 presidential election, Fox News reporter Diana Falzone wrote a story on the alleged relationship between Clifford, whose stage name is “Stormy Daniels,” and Trump, CNN reports.
Citing people familiar with the story, CNN revealed that Falzone had seen emails about a settlement between Trump and Clifford and had a statement from Clifford’s manager affirming that Clifford did engage in a sexual relationship with Trump.
But Fox News ultimately did not publish the story, with one person familiar with the story telling the network that Falzone “had the story and Fox killed it.”
Noah Kotch, Fox News’ digital editor-in-chief and vice president, told CNN in a statement that the network was “unable to verify all of the facts and publish a story.”
“Like many other outlets, we were working to report the story of Stephanie Clifford’s account in October 2016 about then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump and a possible payment by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen,” Kotch told CNN. “In doing our due diligence, we were unable to verify all of the facts and publish a story.”
Yup, you read that right. A network notorious for publishing fake stories now claims it was “unable to verify all of the facts” before the election.
CNN’s report follows a Wall Street Journal report that Michael Cohen, an attorney for the Trump Organization and now Trump’s personal lawyer, arranged for Clifford to receive $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement one month before the 2016 presidential election.
Clifford had previously told sources interviewed by the newspaper that she had a consensual sexual encounter with Trump after he and Melania Trump were married.
The White House declined to comment to the Journal about the alleged payment, but said that the allegations of the interaction between Trump and Clifford were “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”