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As Fox News attempts to dig itself out from its adoring coverage of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, CNN is loving it. In a little chat with host Brooke Baldwin this afternoon about Bundy’s racist comments, fellow host Bill Weir marveled at the power of cable news’s No. 1 network:

“For me, the story is the political one and how much power our competitors over at Fox News have. Roger Ailes decided that this guy would be canonized as a symbol, a John Waynesque symbol of rugged individualism and striking back against the man.”

Baldwin chimed in: “Backfired.”

Weir continued by noting that he’s doing a story on CNN about a film director — John McTiernan — who’s “outraged” at federal prosecutors for locking up “black and brown men” for long sentences over “minimal drug crimes.” “He’s got legitimate anger against the feds, but you’re not going to hear that side on Fox.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.