Fox News big shots will be dining out on this one for some time: Assemble a crowd of civic-minded people at the 92nd Street Y in New York’s Upper East Side. Issue a compliment for Fox News. Listen for the groans.
That’s what happened yesterday as Jeff Greenfield interviewed Time magazine’s Joe Klein at the historic venue. The chat alighted on early-evening news programming, and Klein ripped CNN for focusing excessively on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. “I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast, and it turns out the only place to get one at 6:00 at night is Fox.”
“[Audience mumbles and groans in disapproval]” (See 1:08 in the video above).
Greenfield jumped in: “Don’t mumble, folks, he’s telling you the truth. ‘Special Report’ by Bret Baier is…”
The only other choice, argued Klein, “is to go to MSNBC and see the Rev. Al Sharpton, who I still consider to be a major criminal” over his role in the Tawana Brawley case.
Cheers came from the crowd for that opinion, as they did for CNN. Perhaps people just like to hate cable news.