Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Cable Wars: Bret Baier’s Revealing Trump Interview Scores High, But Rachel Maddow-Lawrence O’Donnell Edge out Hannity-Ingraham


Monday night was volatile in the war between Fox News and MSNBC, and the war inside Fox News as well.

The big story was Bret Baier’s crazy interview with Donald Trump. At 6pm, Baier let Trump skewer himself in unimaginable ways. The result was 2.6 million people tuning in as Trump liked, contradicted himself, actually admitted to having classified documents at home, and conceded that everyone he’d hired — all the “best people” from his administration, now hate him. This startling experience had to have been sanctioned by Rupert Murdoch, who let Trump swing in the wind.

Baier’s ratings were actually down from the 5 pm show, “The Big Five,” which today announced they were dumping Geraldo Rivera, one of the few people at Fox who can sometimes seem reasonable.

But then the big two hour block from 9 to 11pm went to MSNBC as Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell swept the floor with Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. When Maddow is in her chair, Hannity is crushed, and that leads to O’Donnell doing the same to Ingraham.

Nice work at MSNBC which must get Maddow back on a regular schedule when Trump goes on trial in August.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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