Friday night, President Trump called for Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin to be “fired” for confirming most of the reporting from The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg’s explosive story on Thursday, which among other things alleged that Trump referred to U.S. service members who died in World War I as “losers” and “suckers.”
Several Fox News colleagues quickly tweeted in support of Griffin, while Griffin said on Fox News Saturday morning that “my sources are unimpeachable.”
Yesterday, Griffin was one of several reporters to confirm all or most of the reporting in Goldberg’s Atlantic story.
Two former sr Trump admin officials confirm .@JeffreyGoldberg reporting that President Trump disparaged veterans and did not want to drive to honor American war dead at Aisne-Marne Cemetery outside Paris.
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) September 4, 2020
She appeared on Fox News to discuss her reporting during the 3 p.m. hour Friday, and returned to air around 6:30 p.m.
Trump made his displeasure known on Twitter Friday night, tweeting that the story was “refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!”
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story https://t.co/rUpbSWhHac via @BreitbartNews All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
Several of Griffin’s Fox News colleagues tweeted in support of her, including Bret Baier (who called her “a great reporter and a total class act”), foreign correspondent Trey Yingst (who said Griffin “embodies what the industry is built upon. Truth and accountability”), national correspondent Bryan Llenas (who called Griffin “the kind of reporter we all strive to be like”), senior news producer Rocco Aloe (who called Trump’s attacks “unwarranted” and said “I’ll forever stand by” Griffin) and state department correspondent Rich Edson (who called her “a terrific reporter and a wonderful colleague”).
Fox News has not released a statement in support of Griffin, following a longstanding, albeit unofficial, policy not to engage publicly with any of Trump’s tweets about the network or its talent. However, the network is supporting her internally, and Griffin appeared on Cavuto Live this morning to discuss her reporting and respond to Trump’s tweet.
“Deep Throat was an unnamed source. It didn’t make what he said untrue. My sources are not anonymous to me and I doubt they are anonymous to the president,” said Griffin, who added, “I can tell you that my sources are unimpeachable. I feel very confident with what we have reported at Fox.”
Neil Cavuto told her, “You are a very good reporter, and then some. Jennifer Griffin following the story here. She’s pretty scrupulous when it comes to making sure all the Is are dotted and all the Ts are crossed.”
Here is a sampling of what other newsers—from Fox and its rivals—have tweeted in support of Griffin.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 5, 2020
I’ll forever stand by @JenGriffinFNC. Very accomplished journalist and distinguished colleague, who is always very careful with reporting stories like this. Also stand by our fine polling unit, which the president has targeted numerous times. These attacks are unwarranted. https://t.co/OuoNiemrpF
— Rocco Aloe (@Rocco_FNC) September 5, 2020
Jennifer Griffin once helped to secure the release of her colleagues who were kidnapped in Gaza.
She reported from war zones for years and is now one of the most well connected journalists in DC.
She embodies what the industry is built upon. Truth and accountability. https://t.co/kcFF5BZhNJ
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) September 5, 2020
.@JenGriffinFNC and I have been friends for 30 years, across several continents. We have indeed argued when she would critically cover Obama Administration’s national security policies. She is a pro; she knows Pentagon; no agenda; @TheAtlantic story holds. This is just her.🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/32qXVbwJVQ
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) September 5, 2020
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 5, 2020
Why does Trump want Fox’s Jennifer Griffin fired when he repeatedly denounced cancel culture at the RNC?
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 5, 2020
By now, it should be obvious the attacks on @JenGriffinFNC — a world class journalist — are part of a pattern: If you dislike the message, try to utterly destroy the messenger.
The problem is that only works so many times. Once people are aware of the pattern, it’s just noise.
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) September 5, 2020