'Media pile-on' about changes at Fox

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

Sarah Palin is out as a Fox News Channel contributor, and wholesale changes at CNN appear to be in the horizon. But according to a media analyst, commentators slant how they speak about the network changes.

Fox recently announced it is parting ways with the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska governor. A source close to Palin told CNN that the paid contributor turned down a recent offer to renew her contract with the network.

Robey, Christian (MRC)Christian Robey, political director at the Media Research Center (MRC), says Palin's departure is wrongly viewed as a negative development.

"We have all these different outlets who are saying, Oh, she's leaving because she's lost her bloom, and Her star is on its way out, and Fox decided basically to give her the boot," Robey reports. "There is a media pile-on to that regard."

But when changes occur at a network like CNN or MSNBC, he points out that liberal commentators spin similar departures as "strategic."

"You don't see the same type of analysis [in those cases]; what you see is … CNN is trying to remake itself," the MRC political director contends. "CNN is caught between MSNBC and Fox. They've always been the objective journalists, and now they're kind of caught in this world where that just doesn't work in the market."

Fox News also announced this week that it will not renew the contract for conservative commentator Dick Morris, who predicted a "landslide" victory for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

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