Without hesitation, anyone in PR, journalism, or say…America, can identify the basic political slant of each network news affiliate.
It’s no secret that each news source maintains its ratings via the “stick to what you know and what they want” strategy. You can blame Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch for that.
Speaking of ol’ Rupert, last week, one of his ilk made news of his own.
Mickey Kaus, who wrote the Kaus Files for the Daily Caller but had a long history with Slate, announced that he had abruptly left his staunchly conservative flagpost of the Tucker Carlson blog with this missive:
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) March 17, 2015
Why? Ask Tucker, his boss, who also moonlights as a panel host on just about every show on FOX News.
According to Kaus, Carlson — a contributor to Fox News and the weekend host of “Fox and Friends” — said The Daily Caller could not publish material critical of the network because of his affiliation. “We can’t trash Fox on the site; I work there,” Carlson said.
“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus told Politico’s Dylan Byers. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”
Scathing but not surprising. His tweet made the rounds in the news and Kaus found his way onto CNN’s Reliable Sources, where he said this:
“Fox is basically the only means, or the main means, the dominate means, of upward mobility for a whole bunch of pundits and writers and want-to-be pundits. Even if you don’t have a show on Fox, like Tucker does, you want to have a show on Fox.”
What do you think? Are conservatives actually scared to bash FOX News because of its 800-pound Gorilla shadow? If you were a conservative — or are one — would you be intimidated to ruffle some GOP cabbage? Do you think the rest of the media is shying away from a fisticuffs there?
The rest of the video has some good points as to why the answer may be “Oh, yes.”