Fox News Suspends Ex-Trump Campaign Staffer For 'Cotton-Picking' Remark: Report
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Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott reportedly warned network producers that they are responsible for addressing inappropriate on-air comments in the wake of recent controversial statements made on Fox programming.
Politico reported Wednesday that Scott met with producers of some of the channel's top shows to tell them to get a handle on their hosts and guests. She reportedly told the employees that they are in charge of protecting the Fox News brand.
Scott, who took over as CEO earlier this year, delivered the message via video conference, Politico reported. Sources told the news outlet that the meeting was an unusual step.
A Fox News spokesperson said in a statement that Scott "regularly leads executive and editorial meetings and she expects accountability from her senior staff, which is what all good leaders do."
© Provided by The Hill Fox News programs have produced multiple controversial statements in recent weeks, particularly in the wake of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which led to the separation of migrant families.
Laura Ingraham said on her show earlier this month that the detention facilities being used to hold migrant children are "essentially summer camps." She later noted that The San Diego Union Tribune had compared the camps to "boarding schools."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared on Ingraham's show the same night and pushed back against those who compared the policy to Nazi Germany, saying Nazis were trying to keep Jews from leaving the country.
Fox News also caught flak last week when former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski dismissed a report about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother at the border.
"Womp womp," he said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum," which was being guest hosted by Sandra Smith.