Fox News reporter Doug McKelway advocates for right-wing ideas and smears Democrats on Twitter

Fox News reporter Doug McKelway advocates for right-wing ideas and smears Democrats on Twitter

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a “freak show.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sounds like a “school marm scold” and is “best watched with the volume turned off.” The Democratic Party is defined by “racial identity politics hucksters.” There “are other viewpoints” on climate change science and it doesn’t matter anyway because the “earth will die when the sun does.”

Those comments aren’t by a random right-wing Twitter account but by Fox News reporter Doug McKelway, who is part of the network’s bureau in Washington, D.C.. Fox’s “news division” frequently dispatches McKelway to report on presidential politics and significant stories like the white supremacist rally Charlottesville, VA. He regularly appears on Fox’s “news”-side programming and occasionally guest-anchors Special Report with Bret Baier.

Fox News has recently touted its “news” division as separate from its “opinion” side, especially to advertisers and Democratic politicians. That distinction has long been a farce, but McKelway’s prominent presence in the “news” division only further illustrates that lie.

The Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani and Andrew Kirell reported last week that in an email recently sent to some staff members, McKelway tried to defend President Donald Trump’s infamous comment that there were “very fine people on both sides” following the August 2017 neo-Nazi Unite the Right rally and resulting counter-protests. After Digital Senior Editor Cody Derespina agreed with McKelway, Fox News Radio White House correspondent Jon Decker responded by writing that they both sounded “like a White Supremacist chat room.”

In addition to attacking Democratic politicians, McKelway frequently uses his Twitter account to push right-wing views. He has claimed that "a good parent" would explain to their children that there are “viewpoints" other than the scientific consensus on climate change; the Green New Deal would impose "financial hardship on the US" and "won’t make a dent" on carbon reduction; special counsel Robert "Mueller's people  - or someone with apparent knowledge of the raid - tipped off Mueller ally @CNN" to the raid of Roger Stone's house (they didn't); "entitlements" programs are "looming like a giant ponzi scheme"; and social justice curriculums are "wasting your kids brain."

Here are some of McKelway’s tweets:

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