Smirking Chimp - September 27, 2019
Speaking of the mad, mad, mad world of conservative media, and returning, for moment to Jeremy Peters' NY Times article, this bit of frenzied lunacy is noted:
"[Mr. Hannity's radio show begins each day] with an announcer declaring that he is 'Fighting the Trump-hating liberal media one day at a time.'"
But get this, from Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman: Yesterday, "Sean Hannity told friends the whistle-blower’s allegations are 'really bad,' a person briefed on Hannity’s conversations told me."
Hannity is bamboozling his base, but not himself.
Sherman's larger point is that Fox News has been hurled into unmitigated disarray. And it's Trump who heaved it there.
Anchors, hosts and guests are battling among themselves; on crackpot Tucker Carlson's show, crackpot Joe DiGenova called Judge Napolitano a "fool" for having said that Trump committed a crime, which prompted anchor Shepard Smith to call Carlson "repugnant" for not standing up for Napolitano.
This, in turn, prompted Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and president Jay Wallace to threaten Smith with unemployment if he doesn't stop picking on Tucker.
Trump has been attacking Fox for its slumping polls, which makes him mad and his base sad, very sad.
"It’s management bedlam," said a Fox staffer, "this massive thing [impeachment] happened, and no one knows how to cover it."
Fox board member and former House speaker Paul Ryan is urging management to "decisively break" with Trump, others are arguing a stay-the-course strategy; and Rupert's son, Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch, "is already thinking about how to position the network for a post-Trump future."
That he'll have to do slowly, gently, incrementally — if he does it sooner rather than later, which is beginning to look almost inescapable — for there are no skins quite so thin as those of Fox News viewers. For more than two decades the network has shielded them from reality, so by now any electric shock treatment would plunge them into incurable catatonia.
This is fun, is it not?