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WATCH: Howard Kurtz Says ‘Pruitt’s Resignation Was Barely Covered on Fox’

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Fox News host Howard Kurtz wasn’t afraid to hold his own network accountable for their lack of coverage on Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s resignation last week.

Pruitt was embroiled in a number of scandals and ethically questionable acts before President Donald Trump announced he’d accepted his resignation. The many scandals included renting a room for $50 a night from a lobbyist and using security detail for personal errands, among numerous other controversies.

That didn’t stop a panel of Fox News commentators from attempting to divert the blame for Pruitt’s resignation to journalists and other factions of the media looking to preserve Obama-era environmental regulations with a vengeance.

The Washington Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio said on the show:

[Pruitt] was trying to take apart the Obama-era EPA regulations and he accomplished a lot of that, and I think that fueled the investigatory desires of journalists to try to take him down, and outside groups and people within the EPA to try to take him out for that very reason…He made himself a very easy target, clearly. But he would not have been the same level of target if he had a different job within the administration.

Thankfully, Howard Kurtz was not going to let them off so easily.

Kurtz was quick to take the panelists to task by criticizing his own network’s lack of coverage on the resignation.

Kurtz said:

Pruitt’s resignation was barely covered on Fox in primetime or early the next morning … and I think that was a mistake.

This is far from the first time that Kurtz has called out Pruitt for his ethical recklessness. He addressed Pruitt’s and others in the Trump administration’s indiscretions in an article for Fox News, as well as mentioning Pruitt on Republican Fox Host Laura Ingraham’s show. Ingraham herself, normally known for being virulently conservative, even called for Pruitt’s firing on Twitter.

Kurtz has taken to Twitter to address the Pruitt scandals as well:

Kurtz is perhaps right in this regard. Pruitt’s numerous scandals and ethical inquiries are but a few instances of a pattern that has come to characterize the Trump administration. So far, it seems like the swamp is nowhere near to draining. If anything, it’s clogged.

The reactions across social media appear to reflect this:

If Pruitt’s scandals raised eyebrows, his resignation letter left many gobsmacked.

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