Fox News came in for some more bed press Tuesday with the publication of a blistering new CNN report detailing internal discontent over the network’s coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
CNN reporter Oliver Darcy wrote that his network received a text message from a “Fox News personality” who wanted to jump ship over the network’s handling of the news.
“I’m watching now and screaming … I want to quit,” the unnamed individual told CNN. Another “senior Fox News employee” told CNN that they felt the network was becoming too beholden to President Donald Trump.
“It is another blow to journalists at Fox who come in every day wanting to cover the news in a fair and objective way,” said the employee. “Fox feels like an extension of the Trump White House.”
A Fox News spokeswoman told TheWrap in response to the report: “The network covered the breaking news accurately and fairly across both news and opinion programming.”
It’s not just anonymous sources. Even Fox News personalities have voiced their public discomfort over the network’s coverage, particularly the opinion fire-breathers who make up the prime-time lineup.
During an interview with the Associated Press last month, news anchor Chris Wallace chided his colleagues for indulging in Trump-inspired media bashing.
“I don’t like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they’re bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing,” Wallace told the wire service. “I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head. I just think it’s bad form.”
On the other hand, with October ratings showing Sean Hannity and colleague Tucker Carlson topping the ratings charts, there is little incentive for anyone at Fox News to push any changes.