December 8, 2023

t It was a media Monday, with two bombshells in cable news: Fox News announced they were parting ways with Tucker Carlson, and Don Lemon tweeted he was out at CNN. What could be happening at these networks? And what will happen? Bill D’Agostino, Nick Fondacaro, and Curtis Houck all joined the table to make sense of the breaking news on cable news.

The Tucker news seemed shocking, considering how it’s been a ratings juggernaut for Fox. Media reporters suggested that somewhere in the “treasure trove” of internal messages that Dominion Voting Systems forced into view in their lawsuit, the Murdochs were less than pleased with how they were discussed.

The Lemon firing just seems delayed. The demotion to morning-show duty never seemed like it would work. There was no “chemistry,” just chilly exchanges that demonstrated Lemon’s diva tendencies. Other than his race and sexual orientation, it would have seemed logical for him to catch the bus out of CNN with Brian Stelter, John Harwood, and Chris Cillizza. 

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