On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio launched an attack on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the parent company of Fox News. “If you could remove News Corp from the last 25 years of American history,” he stated, “we would be in an entirely different place.” Conservatives are pretty happy about that, obviously — but the more important point is that despite media rage over President Trump’s incessant attacks on the press, few in the media seemed particularly upset over De Blasio’s Fox News slam.
See, for example, CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Stelter tweeted out the story; Joe Simonson of Daily Caller responded, “does this mean it’s trump vs cnn, brian and not trump vs. the press?” Here was Stelter’s response:
He then added:
The language here is, to say the least, a lot softer than it has been surrounding President Trump’s press-bashing. And De Blasio’s press criticism isn’t a one-off; just a few weeks ago, he slammed the “harmful” New York Post and blasted the “corporate media.” Yet press criticism of De Blasio and press solidarity with Murdoch has been rather muted.
Granted, the president of the United States is more prominent than New York’s mayor. But if the media wish to retain the credibility of protecting their institutional branch, rather than merely their specific media outlets, they ought to be blasting De Blasio today.