Dov Fischer of The American Spectator writes (abridged):
What are the odds that Fox would oust Tucker Carlson and CNN would oust Don Lemon within one hour of each other? That should set off an antitrust investigation. But of course they do not ignite antitrust concerns — because America’s media are by definition “anti-trust” — that is, you cannot trust the whole bunch of ‘em.
Below, more on Fox, but first the hen house: CNN. CNN is a repository of lies. They lie so much that I don’t even believe they are called “CNN.” (Actually they are AT&T.) Like the pathological liars at the New York Times and Washington Post, they have been gleeful over Fox’s recent legal woes, headlining the Dominion lawsuit and settlement. Yet, long before Fox and Dominion, CNN was settling a defamation lawsuit for a mega-bundle-plus with young Nick Sandmann, whom they defamed horribly. So did the Washington Post. At least Fox picked on someone their own size. CNN instead destroyed a high school kid. Later, their star, Chris Cuomo, colluded with his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The head of CNN had to quit in shame and ignominy — both. The CNN legal expert got caught red-handed, or whatever color his hands were, playing his organ. And now Don Lemon is out — he’s apparently past his prime.
There is something so despicable in the CNN–New York Times–Washington Post hypocrisy. The New York Times helped murder millions. Walter Duranty, their correspondent, filed lies day after day, singing the praises of Joseph Stalin as the Beast of Moscow murdered millions of Ukrainians, starving them to death during the Holodomor. The same Times buried news of the Holocaust and was an accessory to the murder of millions of Jews. Mark Levin has done incredible work on this subject and even devoted an entire episode of his TV show to it. And the Washington Post is a cesspool of lies, whether covering America or Israel. Pure lies. Day after day.
So CNN’s Lemon is out. Chris Cuomo is out. Jeff Zucker is out. Brian Stelter is out. Their whole Cable Streaming Channel was dead on arrival. As James Earl Jones might say: This Is CNN.
Now to Fox: Several years ago, the Left was in a tizzy, like sharks smelling blood, circling for the kill. Fox was in trouble. Their star, Bill O’Reilly, had cost them one sexual harassment settlement too much. Megyn Kelly had abandoned them for the brave new world of riches, fame, and glory that awaited her at NBC (for a few weeks). Greta Van Susteren quit for MSNBC, convinced that, amid the Fox shakeup, she could demand anything she wanted because she believed somehow that she was bringing them viewers. The Left was filled with articles predicting an aging Rupert Murdoch would be handing his media empire to his more liberal sons, who would turn Fox into another MSNBC.
But see what transpired. Fox shifted more rightward and got stronger than before. Tucker inherited O’Reilly’s slot, built it, and shifted it more forthrightly to the right. Hannity without Colmes. Laura Ingraham instead of Megyn Kelly. The Five emerged as a successful and clever answer to a tricky time slot. New conservative voices emerged like Harris Faulkner and even Tyrus. Greg Gutfeld got to move his cynical conservative humor to better time slots than milkman hours. Mark Levin got a weekly show. Jesse Watters emerged as a strong conservative voice, not just a kibbitzer interviewing crazed woke morons on the street and at the beach. Shepard Smith and Jonah Goldberg left. Fox led cable news even with the coveted younger demographic who does not need the best night’s sleep in the whole wide world.
Tucker? Honestly, no corporation can continue employing someone who so publicly expresses his contempt for his bosses in writing. They just can’t. That was the cost of Fox failing to settle earlier, before document discovery. But the Carlson saga is not over. Wherever he goes, he will succeed. I would love to see him combining online journalism with a starring role at Newsmax, which then could give America a second conservative TV station with powerhouse viewership numbers. […]
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