If not President of the United States, Donald Trump, his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has certainly given a second try at defending Saudi Crown Prince. He tried to make the world believe that prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) had no role to play in the murder of the Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. White House adviser, Kushner told Fox News host, Sean Hannity on Monday that the US intelligence agencies “are making their assessment” in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Ironically, the statement made by Kushner contradicts the findings of CIA, which clearly states that MbS was indeed responsible for the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident.
Hannity asked Kushner if the US would “get to the bottom” of who was responsible for the murder of the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. To which, Jared Kushner diplomatically replied, “we’re hoping to make sure that there’s justice brought where that should be.”
Analyzing the patterns of how the Fox News host runs his show, it is widely accepted that the media channel has fallen prey to Trump’s ideology of presenting facts and figures, which only support the Republican’s agenda.
Even on Monday, while Hannity asked about the US’ next move to find out the potential murderer of Khashoggi, he failed to mention the claims directly accusing the Saudi crown prince. Additionally, he avoided discussing reports on Jared Kushner advising MbS on how to face the global outrage.
The alignment is clear, if not Trump himself, his nitty-gritty can get the job done for him. Trump’s relationship with the Fox News is also a portrait of how media can actually be used to buy influence at a mass level. This is especially the case for a person who is largely vocal about his support to Saudi, despite what has transpired in the last two months.
Besides, Kushner’s answers were crisp and clear to the listener only because the better part of the story was not highlighted during the talk-show. It is yet again an indication that Hannity’s show is indeed biased and believes in promoting the president’s agenda.