CNN Obsesses, Fox News Ignores

When it comes to the Roger Ailes and the turmoil at Fox News, CNN has reported the story extensively (some would say gleefully) while Fox News as all but ignored the story. 

Since July 6th, when former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson filed her sexual harassment claim, that let to the downfall of Ailes, Fox News has barely touched the story.

The Washington Post says that FNC has not conducted a single on-camera interview with any person connected with the news, including Ailes, who built Fox into a clarion of the American conservative movement. According to Fox’s news-clip archive, there have been no panel discussions, no diatribes from Fox’s famously aggressive hosts, no follow-up investigations, no tributes to the Ailes era.

In all, Fox has devoted a total of about 11 minutes of airtime to the news about Ailes over the past five weeks, a review of the archive shows. That’s less time than Bill O’Reilly spent criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement on “The O’Reilly Factor” over a couple of days this month.

CNN does at least 11 minutes on the story each day and some days has spent hours on the Ailes/Fox News story. 

Fox’s last word on the subject was Sunday, when media reporter and analyst Howard Kurtz offered a minute-long ­synopsis of Fox boss Rupert Murdoch’s appointment of Ailes’s successors, Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy. (Fox Business Network on Friday aired an even briefer version of this news, without mention of Ailes or sexual harassment.)

Before that, Fox had gone 2 1/2 weeks without saying a word about the news unfolding down the hall from its newsroom, including any mention of allegations that Ailes had harassed multiple women over five decades and used corporate funds to settle other sexual harassment claims and to employ consultants and detectives to spy on perceived enemies, including reporters from other news organizations.

It is amazing how a news organization forgets that is what they are, when the story is about them.