Scared of Bret Baier? ‘Reliable Sources’ lib thinks Fox News watchers are as gullible as Democrats

Are Fox News anchors really that scary?

Apparently confusing Republican primary voters with Lena Dunham fans, the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday claimed Fox News executives are the real powers behind the scenes when it comes to choosing the party’s next candidate for president.

In an interview with left-leaning author Gabriel Sherman, whose unauthorized biography of Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was so biased even the lefty New York Times called it a “wasted opportunity,” host Brian Stelter made it clear he thinks Ailes and Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch are the puppet masters who pull the strings of Republican primary elections.

“Will those two guys, Fox News president Roger Ailes and his boss, Rupert Murdoch, be picking your next president?” Stelter said. “It may sound ridiculous, it may sound like some liberal conspiracy theory, but there’s no disputing that they have real power in the GOP primaries.”

To nobody’s surprise, Sherman agreed.

“Without a question in the Republican primary, Roger Ailes controls the largest bloc of reliable Republican voters,” he told Stelter.

Now, this is actually pretty funny, considering Fox is essentially the one American broadcast medium with a news division that operates without a liberal warp – as opposed to ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and NPR – not to mention the vast liberal majority of television entertainment executives, Hollywood executive, Hollywood actors and actresses, late-night comedians and pop music.

And every one of those entities carry a significant voting bloc with them liberals covet — the youth vote, the black vote, the gay vote, the women’s vote, etc.

They don’t understand the conservative mind doesn’t work that way to anywhere near the same degree.

Repeating the ludicrous claim that “Fox … controls its audience,” after another Stelter question, Sherman said, “If you want to be a Republican front-runner, you have got to get prime spots on Fox. You have got to get prime bookings. And Ailes is that ring that you need to kiss.”

Fortunately, Stelter had a conservative journalist Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller around to pop the paranoid bubble.

“I think that, look, if you were to poll Bret Baier and Brit Hume and Chris Wallace and Sean Hannity, you would probably get them picking different candidates that they favor,” Lewis said. “I don’t buy that they are going to boost any one person. I do think it will be fought on Fox News, but for different reasons.”

And not because Megyn Kelly’s rooting for someone.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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