October 31, 2017

As CNN and MSNBC Go Wall-to-Wall With Trump-Russia, ‘Some’ at Fox Are ‘Embarrassed’ at Its Coverage

Monday, as Paul Manafort and others were indicted, the CNN and MSNBC had the following three rules for covering those indictment and other matters relating to alleged Russian attempts to influence the U.S. opinion and policy: 1) Thou shalt only cover matters relating to President Donald Trump and Russia; 2) While doing so, thous shalt ignore Russia’s interactions with Bill Clinton, Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary; 3) Thou shalt not report any other news stories today. The CNN Media blog, which is part of Money.CNN.com, reports that a few leftists at the more open-minded Fox News — if Fox wasn’t open-minded, they wouldn’t be there — are furious their network didn’t fall in line, both in saturation and tone.

This afternoon, CNN’s Oliver Darcy appears to have thought he was making Fox look bad. However, his writeup exposed his colleagues at CNN and the journalists at competitor MSNBC as totally obsessed de facto partisan hacks (bolds are mine):

Some employees at Fox News were left embarrassed and humiliated by their network’s coverage of the latest revelations in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, according to conversations CNN had with several individuals placed throughout the network.

“I’m watching now and screaming,” one Fox News personality said in a text message to CNN as the person watched their network’s coverage. “I want to quit.”

“It is another blow to journalists at Fox who come in every day wanting to cover the news in a fair and objective way,” one senior Fox News employee told CNN of their outlet’s coverage, adding that there were “many eye rolls” in the newsroom over how the news was covered.

The person said, “Fox feels like an extension of the Trump White House.”

On Monday, it was revealed that President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another associate Rick Gates had been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States. Unsealed court records also revealed that another Trump associate, George Papadopoulos, had pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI weeks ago.

The revelations jolted through the news media, and Fox News — the highest rated network in the country — did cover it as its top story. But in contrast with CNN and MSNBC, which aired non-stop rolling coverage throughout the day, Fox News found plenty of time to cover other topics, like the NFL protests, North Korea, and tax reform.

So CNN and MSNBC were all Manafort, Mueller et al, all the time, while Fox actually covered other stories.

Fox isn’t the network which should be embarrassed. No one can rationally claim that the other topics Darcy identified didn’t have newsworthy developments yesterday. Each had visibility at noon yesterday at the Drudge Report, which, along with Google and MSN, is one of the three most trafficked news sites in the nation.. Especially given that Mueller’s legal filings against the three men involved contained no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russis (which I though was the fever-swamp’s holy grail).

The lefty whiners at Fox also acted as if the network’s evening opinion shows shouldn’t be allowed to, well, express their opinions:

Fox News journalists took significant issue with their network’s opinion hosts, who deflected from the news and, in Sean Hannity’s case, characterized Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt,” a term Trump used on Sunday in a angry tweet to describe the probe.

“That segment on Outnumbered [questioning Mueller's integrity] was absurd and deserves all the scorn it can get,” a Fox News employee told CNN, referring to the network’s noontime talk show.

The person added that it was “laughable seeing Hannity and [Laura] Ingraham,” two Fox News opinion hosts who are openly supportive of Trump, “tripping over themselves saying [Mueller's team has] found nothing thus far.”

Well if by nothing, one means “evidence of collusion,” as of now, there is none.

Perhaps I’m wrong, but it’s hard to imagine that CNN’s and MSNBC’s one-dimensional imitations of Court TV didn’t cause a lot of channel-changing, once many viewers figured out that the Trump-Russia-Manafort story was all they would see, all day and all night.

Cross-posted, with revisions, at NewsBusters.org.

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