The December 9, 2018 Watters’World program that airs on the Fox News Channel, featured a married couple to counter incendiary comments made by celebrity Barbra Streisand. Streisand stated that women who voted for Trump were following the orders of their husbands.
Fox News host, Jesse Watters, introduced Chris and Holly Turner as a married couple that defies the Streisand statement. However, Watters never reveals the controversial background of the Turners during any portion of the segment.
Chris and Holly Turner are Republican political consultantsfrom Texas.
The Turners first came to attention of the Texas political scene when Holly ran for state representative for house district 47 in 2010. The district covers southwest Travis County. It was a three-way primary and Chris was her campaign manager.
During that first Tea Party primary, eventual winner Paul Workman, accused Holly Turner of being a “carpet bagger” and taking a homestead exemption on a property in Fort Worth. The Turners had just recently moved to the Austin area. As Politifact discovered, the property actually was in the name of her husband, Chris Turner.
Holly Turner came in second to Workman in the 2010 primary, 39% to 36%. Workman won 54% to 46% in the runoff.
Just one election cycle later, the Turners found themselves in a legitimate political scandal and legal jeopardy.
In 2012 the Texas political consulting firm, Murphy Turner,was sued by the conservative political action committee, EmpowerTexans, for copyright infringement. EmpowerTexans also operates under the name of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Several state representatives that hired the Turners were subpoenaed to testify in the case.
Conspiring with her brother, Holly Turner created the Texansfor Fiscal Accountability PAC. It was used to fool voters by issuing phony endorsements for their Straus-ian candidates. The lawsuit ended with the Murphy Turner Firm apologizing to Michael Quinn Sullivan and EmpowerTexans, and the firm became defunct around the time of the suit settlement.
Soon-to-be former Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus hired the Murphy Turner Firm to do advertising work during his reelection campaigns.
The fact that Fox News and Watters’ World used the Turners insuch an opaque fashion puts the segment into the category of propaganda, or “fakenews”.
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