My oh my, how giddy has the MSM been lately over all this personnel shuffling sexual harassment dog shit pile over at Foxnews? They are tripping all over themselves, reveling in the schadenfreude . The news entity that has been kicking all their butts for 25 years has developed some cracks. No, your news coverage still sucks, still partisan and petty to the point of inducing vomit, still blatantly in the tank for Hillary (or Bernie), still running interference for the democratic party/raising money for the democratic party/shooting every news story thru the prism political expediency, still carrying water for the democratic party, but lets just take a moment to soak it all in. Too bad they are just as bad at news reporting as they are at economics. Taking money from the rich does not enhance the financial condition of the poor, and bringing the news leader down a few notches does not make your unwatchable news shows better, if only life was that easy.
Some bullet points;
Ailes is out (about time, what a creep).
Gretchen Carlson is now $20 million richer, nice work if you can get it.
Andrea Tantaros wants to wet her beak as well, Fox can afford it.
Gretta Van Sustern is out, backing the wrong horse and paying the price for it.
Bill Oreilly is laying low, being implicated (but not named personally in the suit)
Megyn Kelly is sitting pretty, financially. The riff between her and Oreilly is palatable.She is still miffed over the network not supporting her during the Trump attacks (bleeding in the eyes and ………..wherever, ickky). So now Foxnews must decide if they want to break the bank to keep her, or let her go over to CNN and erode their base even further.
I know it is de-rigueur to rip Foxnews, everybody does it.But here’s the deal, we owe Foxnews a lot. In the land of group speak they were the only alternative, the only place where you did not get your news filtered thru democrat cheerleaders, that was huge. And oh boy did the country need it, to the point of making Foxnews the highest rated (by a mile) news station in decades. Without Foxnews, Rush, and all the subsequent copycats (the right wing radio stations and right wing books annihilate the other side consistently) the public would be even less informed then they are now, if that’s possible.
So now some bloom is coming off the rose, to be expected. Their actual news shows (not commentary) is still top notch, but many of their commentators are getting long in the tooth. Some people I could see less of ( a lot less), Bill Oreilly, Eric Bohling, Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera, Austin Goolsbee. I didn’t mention Hannity because I never watch his show anyway.
There is a new kid on the block that I mention because they do good work and occasionally get my eyeballs, One America News. One show in particular, Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler, terrific. Here is a sample;
and if you have a few minutes, her speech at the last CPAC was great;
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and competition always benefits the consumer. The template is out there, even if Foxnews wains, others can step up and deliver.