Media Matters CEO ‘terrified’ that CNN chief Chris Licht’s strategy will lead to takeover by Fox News

President and CEO of Media Matters Angelo Carusone is hilariously panicking over the possibility that CNN, under the leadership of Chris Licht, will become vulnerable to a takeover by Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch.

(Video Credit: The Dean Obeidallah Show)

Carusone confessed his ludicrous fear of failure for the leftist network to SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah on Friday even though he claims to be rooting for it to succeed.

“Thing I really am afraid of is that in all honesty is that they sell to Rupert Murdoch. I’m terrified of this. It is super, it is his white whale and I think that it doesn’t fit into Discovery’s portfolio in a meaningful way. I’ve always been afraid of this, and the posture of making the platform more appealing, more attractive, more neutral, I think weakens it enough that they say, “Look, it’s just not worth it. We didn’t get the returns on investment. It hasn’t turned the corner yet,” Carusone remarked on The Dean Obeidallah Show.

“You know, I don’t think they’re going to get the audience gains that they think they’re going to get, which is part of the strategy. And that’s a real problem, too. So at its core, I’m afraid that in the short term, we see some bad coverage out of them, some spots of bad coverage which actually have bigger harms when it comes from CNN. And then bigger… But longer term, I think that it actually weakens the business model of CNN enough that it makes them more susceptible to just being spun off. And that’s not great either,” he lamented.

CNN is in the middle of a major shakeup and between kicking leadership to the curb and the firing of longtime anchors because they are tanking ratings with biased, partisan dribble, the left doesn’t see a very bright future for the network.

However, if it returns to unbiased, true journalism, CNN stands a chance of making a comeback. Ironically, that would ostensibly incense Democrats across the board.

“That’s interesting, I never thought about that last one…,” Obeidallah stated, giving breathing room to Carusone’s paranoia.

“So I don’t think people realize how often Rupert Murdoch tries to buy CNN. It happens all the time. He did it and he made a really aggressive, year-long plus play in 2017 and a run at it in 2014. He’s made runs I did during early 2000, and that matters because that’s how we got the Wall Street Journal. He tried to buy it half a dozen times before it, before he eventually convinced the Bancrofts, which were the owners of the Wall Street Journal, to sell it,” the Media Matters chief explained.

“So I don’t think it’s insane or too far gone to say, nah, this guy doesn’t need to finance if he’s sitting on a mountain of cash that was supposed to be used and is earmarked for media acquisitions, they haven’t used it yet. It’s just I mean, there’s a mountain of cash. He doesn’t need the financing. He can pay for the deal in cash. He can overpay, which is what Rupert Murdoch always does. He always overpays, always, because he knows that it’s easier,” he concluded.

Carusone was the one who led movements to pressure advertisers to boycot conservative powerhouses Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. In 2021, he began the #DumpTrump campaign that led to Macy’s Department stores ending their relationship with former President Trump as well.

Media Matters has long portrayed itself as a “watchdog” but has in reality been an antagonist for the left.

The sale of CNN to Murdoch is not likely to happen, but if Fox News ever did buy out the network, the collective explosion of leftist heads would be something to behold.

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