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Rebellion brewing inside Fox News as relentlessly pro-Trump coverage alienates advertisers and the network’s own journalists



Producers, reporters, executives and Fox News hosts are battling one another over the conservative network’s direction in the Trump era.

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch is struggling to cool the long-running feud between the network’s journalists and its prime-time hosts, while also placating advertisers and President Donald Trump, according to Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman.

“Reporters are telling management that we’re being defined by the worst people on our air,” a senior Fox staffer told the magazine.

Reporters and producers have gone after Fox News hosts who loudly support the president, but the prime-time anchors complain they “make the money” and reflect the audience’s worldview, and management seems to agree.

“Advertisers know the value of our loyal and engaged audience and we expect no change in our business going forward,” said Marianne Gambelli, Fox’s president of ad sales.

But there have been issues with ad revenue after some of the prime-time hosts, such as Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, have prompted boycotts with shocking and outrageous comments on the air, and Vanity Fair reported Fox News is concerned.


“Executives are very worried ‘Fox & Friends’ will be next,” one insider said. “If advertisers start bailing on them, they’re screwed.”

The dynamic puts Murdoch, who took over from his father Rupert Murdoch, in a peculiar bind between satisfying advertisers, employees and the network’s most important viewer — Trump, who has begun to complain lately that coverage hasn’t been as favorable to him as he likes.

“Hannity told Trump last year that the Murdochs hate Trump,” said one source who heard the conversation, “and Hannity is the only one holding Fox together.”

The president and Hannity reportedly speak nearly every day, and Trump frequently promotes his show and other programs, especially “Fox & Friends,” but the network’s highest-rated host intends to leave when his contract expires in early 2021, according to two sources who spoke to him.

“Sean doesn’t feel supported,” a staffer close to him said. “He has no relationship with Lachlan. Sean thinks, Wait a second, I was hired to get ratings and I get ratings, but now people are embarrassed about me? He feels Fox spends a lot of time supporting Shepard Smith but his show makes no money. That’s annoying to him.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate



Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate



With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate



There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.


The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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