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March 18, 2019 8:17 am - NewsBehavingBadly.com

Have the powers-that-be at News Corporation realized at long last that allowing a venomous bigot to spout the worst kind of conspiratorial accusations might just maybe perhaps be bad for both their credibility and bottom line? The reason we ask is that one of their ranting bobbleheads, whose DWI exploits have not exactly burnished her reputation for integrity, went a little too far and is now paying a small price.

Jeanine Pirro, whose show did not air on Saturday night, was suspended by Fox News after her widely criticized commentary doubting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s patriotism, according a source familiar with the matter.

Fox did not announce the suspension publicly. The network declined to confirm or deny that Pirro has been suspended. There is no word on whether Pirro’s show will return next week.

At the same time, there is no indication that she has been fired from Fox. The source said she has not been fired.

Pirro is one of the network’s highest-rated weekend hosts, well known for her vehement defenses of President Donald Trump and attacks against his perceived enemies.

One could say with complete conviction that this particular FOX “News” offering is intended for an audience of one viewer. And that certain viewer was miffed that Justice with Judge Jeanine was not on this weekend during evening “executive time.

President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Fox News to “bring back” host Jeanine Pirro after her show was omitted from the Saturday night lineup following disparaging remarks she made about a Muslim lawmaker a week earlier. …

Pirro, one of Trump’s loudest media cheerleaders, has faced intense backlash since claiming during the March 9 broadcast of her show “Justice” that the religious hijab worn by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) may be “antithetical to the Constitution.”

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro had said. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Critics noted her comments were not only anti-Muslim but obviously inaccurate. The First Amendment guarantees free expression of religion. …

Asked for comment on Trump’s tweets Sunday and whether Pirro had been fired, a Fox News representative told HuffPost, “We are not commenting on internal scheduling matters.”

That’s not true. FOX has been known to be publicly vicious to departing dissident talent.

In the case of Pirro’s suspension, however, you can practically taste the deplorable tears. Pirro is a favorite of the MAGA cult, and this is the sort of move that will have thousands of them e-mailing and denouncing FOX News for daring to remove an irresponsible voice who feeds their resentment and fury.

STILL DEVELOPING…

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Dave "Doctor" Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes' Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan's radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan's not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.