CNN’s Jim Acosta said Fox News has stepped up its coverage of “rascal nonsense” since the 2020 election in an effort to win back viewers, create outrage and increase ratings.
In a conversation on Mediaite’s “The Interview” posted this week, the CNN presenter spoke about the consequences of Fox News’ election night decision to call Arizona for Joe Biden. The call, which turned out to be correct, angered then-President Donald Trump.
Two executives involved in the move were with Fox News shortly after. Nonetheless, the network saw a drop in audience following the election, and Trump has repeatedly directed his supporters to the far-right alternatives OAN and Newsmax.
Acosta said the network had an opportunity there to “get back to the real world”, but instead became “more Fox-like and more Trumpian.”
“What they’ve decided to do since then is double down on being what I call the bullshit factory,” Acosta said. “They produce segments that spark outrage that they know will piss off their viewers and so on. Even if it is an invented nonsense of cockamamie. And they do it for the simple reason of attracting viewers and increasing ratings.
For Acosta, it is necessary to cover network transgressions in order to empower its employees and guests.
“I have thought about it long and hard, and my attitude is that we have to talk about it, we have to cover it,” he said. “Do we need to do this every hour of every day? No, we don’t. But if Trump or his lackeys go on Fox and they spit this election nonsense and it’s not verified in real time, then they’re acting like propagandists. And they are doing a bad thing for this country.
Acosta often reports on Fox News during his weekend slot and recently accused him of being “obsessed with the culture of cancellation” and generating “false outrage” while silencing anyone who will not propagate. Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.
Listen to Mediaite’s full interview with Acosta here.
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