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FOX News Ratings Continue to Take a Plunge

The downward trend for Fox News began in which the right-leaning outlet lost 2020’s fourth quarter to CNN and alienated Trump-supporting loyal viewers by calling Arizona early for President Joe Biden during its election-night coverage.

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The Fox News rating plunge has hit an all-time low as, for the first time in nearly two decades, the network has fallen to third in the cable news rankings, with CNN and MSNBC taking the first two spots, per The Daily Beast.

The downward trend for Fox News began in which the right-leaning outlet lost 2020’s fourth quarter to CNN and alienated Trump-supporting loyal viewers by calling Arizona early for President Joe Biden during its election-night coverage.

“Fox has seen ratings dips before and has always come back. But there’s no denying this is disastrous for them,” said a former on-air Fox News personality.

As ratings take a dip is causing several staffers to panic as they fear it will result in additional job losses after recent layoffs.

Furthermore, with several other conservative media outlets like Newsmax and One America News coming to the mainstream platform, it came at the cost of Fox News losing viewers. “For years Fox has been denying climate change, denying that social inequity exists, denying that Obama was a citizen. So they’ve bred a sizable chunk of viewers who routinely deny the truth–and those viewers punished Fox News the moment they reported that Biden won Arizona, and they haven’t stopped,” Jonathan Klein, the former president of CNN. “It’s like when that chimp you raised from a baby tears your face off. Now the question is, what is Rupert Murdoch willing to do to get them back?”

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Digital Exec Meredith Artley Exits CNN

Meredith Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision.

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CNN is saying goodbye to its longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, Meredith Artley, whose departure was announced in a memo to staff that Axios obtained. 

Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision. During her more than 12-year stint with the company, she served as a top executive under former CNN President Jeff Zucker.

“I’m so proud to have played a role in guiding, growing and championing CNN’s journalism across our digital platforms all these years,” Artley said. “There is so much CNN is doing right. How exciting to think about how much farther you will go.”

Furthermore, she became the latest executive to leave the company since the merger was finalized. Longtime CNN digital lead Andrew Morse left last month after directing the efforts at CNN’s now-defunct streaming service CNN+.

According to Axios, Artley was frustrated in the wake of the shakeups occurring at the network. The merger and other corporate issues led to several leadership modifications. 

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Jen Psaki: I Never Encourage Protests Outside of Chief Justices’ Homes

A University of Chicago journalist asked Jen Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside the Supreme Court Justices’ homes.

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A University of Chicago journalist went full “Peter Doocy mode” on former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a forum at the school Wednesday.

According to a transcript published on Mediate, Daniel Schmidt asked Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ homes in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that purports to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Let me first say because I think facts matter and facts are important,” Psaki said. “I never encouraged anyone to protest. I encouraged them to engage peacefully, and to do it without violence, without threats, and without intimidation.”  

According to The Hill, Protesters have gathered at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Samuel Alito. 

“If they’re breaking the law, of course, they shouldn’t do that. And I also said that, too. Thank you for your question!” Psaki added.

Last month, another University of Chicago student confronted CNN host Brian Stelter regarding the network’s role in disseminating alleged fake news.

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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