CNN smells blood in the water and now is showing they will stoop to any level to try and get Fox News Anchor Bill O'Reilly fired.
How low will CNN go?
The Hollywood Reporter says that the used to be cable news network is extremely close to filing a motion to unseal the anchor's matrimonial records — potentially exposing O'Reilly's very private information and adding a new dimension to the firestorm.
CNN, however, is now said to be leaning against doing so, even after some executives expressed enthusiasm for the effort. Contacting Fox News advertisers to see whether they'd be sticking with the embattled O'Reilly is fair game, but in the cable TV war, wading into O'Reilly's sticky divorce might be a bridge that CNN has had second thoughts about crossing.
CNN declined to comment.
For a few years, O'Reilly has been involved in a court battle with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy. The judge overseeing the case has ordered that records remain confidential, but some information has nevertheless become public.
O'Reilly, 67, and his ex entered into a separation agreement in 2010 before a custody battle proceeded. Some elements of the case, officially captioned as Anonymous v. Anonymous, are salacious and could support the claims that O'Reilly mistreats women. For example, Gawker reported in 2015 that trial transcripts showed his teenage daughter telling a forensic examiner that she witnessed O’Reilly “choking her mom" as he “dragged her down some stairs” by the neck, and that he struggles to control his rage.
Until now, few news outlets were as interested as Gawker in unsealing court documents, but CNN has contemplated joining the quest by Gizmodo — Gawker's rebranding after the bankruptcy and sale to Univision — to get more information.
Is CNN going to take the low road as well?
You only wish the network worked this hard to report the real news.