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Pots, Kettles, and Ratings

The most galling aspect of all of this is the hypocrisy. CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, etc. have glaring problems that should require self-reflection. I love CNN and spent three years working there in addition to five years at Fox. But it has slowly shifted towards wanting to be MSNBC-lite in a lot of its coverage and that does its serious newsmen and women a disservice. Even when I was at CNN, various reporters there warned me never to go on shows during the daypart because of the liberal biases of several of the anchors. The situation has gotten worse with Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon in the evening. Don, by the way, is a terrific guy, but his show has become regularly and predictably hysterical. Cuomo just isn’t an honest broker in much of what he covers. And let’s not forget the network just ditched an outstanding and copiously fair journalist named Dave Briggs for their mornings in order to give Valerie Jarrett’s daughter more exposure.

The network and others in the press have bent over backward to ignore the nuttiness and partisanship at MSNBC while fixating on Fox News. They have circled the wagons to protect Jeff Zucker over the Lauer scandal while playing up scandal at Fox News.

It has everything to do with ratings. Fox News is dominating the ratings and the rest of the press has given up trying to compete. Now, with outside leftwing interest groups, they are actively trying to just destroy the ratings giant.

As 21st Century Fox increasingly puts Lachlan Murdoch in charge and Tucker Carlson clearly has the White House’s attention and Fox & Friends clearly has the President’s ear, Murdoch’s rivals seek to undermine him at this transition period and the bitter jealousies of competitors are boiling over.

If they cannot beat Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, the rest of the press will do their best to ruin them.

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