For years now, as the American populace figured out that the vast majority of the news media is decidedly not on their side, Fox News has been the ratings king among cable “news” networks. CNN may have been the original, but their questionable programming and very unlikeable “talent” lineup has really hurt their standing in the entire ratings game.
Following the departure of the disgraced head of the place, Jeff Zucker, new management had a chance to take on Fox head-on.
It’s not exactly working out that way.
According to the far-left Daily Beast, incoming CNN chief Chris Licht is already admitting defeat:
New CNN honcho Chris Licht doesn’t actually start until May, but ever the savvy “operator” he has already begun backchanneling with key figures, including agents and reporters, and, according to two insiders familiar with the matter, making it known to Fox News that he is working towards a cease-fire on his network’s aggressive coverage of them. On Sunday, there were notably no mentions of Fox News on CNN’s marquee media show, Reliable Sources, hosted by Brian Stelter, who last year penned a New York Times Best Seller titled Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth. In recent years, CNN has become known for its forceful coverage of Fox News and its partisan talking heads who’ve played enormous roles in influencing former President Donald Trump and the right-wing media ecosystem that supports him. In turn, Fox News has returned the favor, often attacking CNN stars—sometimes with potshots about their physical appearances.
The problem with CNN’s criticism of Fox News is what we call the “glass house problem.” CNN complaining about bias is like water complaining about wet or Stacy Abrams complaining about refusing to accept the outcome of an election, or Jake Tapper complaining about smug.