Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appeared on Fox News 18 times last month, according to Mediaite, but as details about his alleged sexual misconduct continue trickling out in the media, the congressman is getting the silent treatment from the conservative news network.
Gaetz appeared on Fox News 18 times in March. According to a Washington Post analysis, in the last year, he has averaged a staggering 87 minutes per month on the network.
And when news broke Tuesday night that Gaetz was being investigated by the Justice Department for a possible relationship with a teenaged girl, he responded first on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
But as the headlines have gone from bad to worse for the Florida congressman, Fox News seems to have turned its back on the MAGA superstar.
Mediaite noted that the network denied having any interest in bringing Gaetz on board after he leaves Congress after he said he had spoken with people at Fox about a post-congressional gig, telling The Daily Beast: “No one with any level of authority has had conversations with Matt Gaetz for any of our platforms and we have no interest in hiring him.”
The friction is understandable. After all, Gaetz’s Fox interview was an embarrassing mess for the network. The congressman twice tried to rope Fox News host Tucker Carlson into his own controversy, first bringing up a decades old allegation against Carlson (which the host denied) and then revealing Carlson and his wife once went on a double date with Gaetz and an unnamed woman. The interview left Carlson “livid,” sources told CNN.
Gaetz-gate was mentioned on a couple of Fox News shows the day after the Carlson interview. But on Thursday, when the most shocking allegations against Gaetz were revealed in a pair of bombshell reports, the network went silent.
According to the New York Times, Gaetz is under investigation for paying a number of women for sex. The Justice Department is also looking into whether Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old girl and whether she received anything of material value in exchange. The Times obtained receipts showing payments from Gaetz to women, who told friends they were paid for sex. Gaetz also reportedly took ecstasy before having sex with the women. Gaetz has denied having sex with a minor, and ever paying for sex.
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