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Call by Baltimore Prosecutor to Have FCC Investigate TV Station Panned by Commissioner

Mosby’s complaint includes attempts to tie the Sinclair-owned station to Fox News

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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has called on the FCC to investigate a TV station she claims has distorted news coverage of her and her office, but one commissioner has already ripped the request as being a “chilling and direct attack on free speech and journalistic freedom.”

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican, issued a statement that said“The State’s Attorney’s Office complaint alleges that there is ‘troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous’ conduct going on here. They are correct in this respect — it is the conduct of the State’s Attorney’s Office that is troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous.”

In her complaint, filed Friday, Mosby alleges that WBFF “persistently follows a disconcerting and dangerous pattern: beginning with a slanted, rigged, misleading, or inflammatory headline; followed by a conspiracy theory; and supported with guest commentary from disgruntled ex-employees or political opponents that lend false credibility to their biased coverage or omission of facts.

“Utilizing this pattern of practice in their broadcasts, citizens are not only consistently misinformed about the basis and intent of prosecutorial policies, additionally the merit of criminal convictions are distorted to detract from the public good championed by prosecutors.”

Mosby attempted to tie the Fox affiliate’s coverage to Fox News Channel, despite the fact that WBFF is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox has no oversight of the station’s news coverage.

Her complaint also called into question a statement of a guest on a national program, assigning blame to WBFF for the statement being aired.

She also stated in the complaint that “WBFF deliberately broadcast the home address of State’s Attorney Mosby on live TV during one of its news segments” and “made a formal inquiry attempting to find out the schools the SA’s children attended.”

Mosby says those actions have prompted death threats and hate mail directed at her.

Executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, Dan Shelley, has also responded to the matter with a letter criticizing Mosby’s complaint being sent to the FCC.

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Cable News More Biased Than 10 Years Ago, Study Says

The study found that CNN moved further left of MSNBC after the 2016 presidential election, with shows like Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight moving left of The Rachel Maddow Show.

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A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania has revealed something many could deduce on their own: cable news is more biased today than it was in 2012.

In the study entitled Measuring Dynamic Media Bias, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC were rated on a bias scale that utilized their guests as the unit of measurement. The study’s researchers combed through each network’s guests who appeared on a channel for more than 10 hours from 2010 through August of 2020.

The study found that CNN moved further left of MSNBC after the 2016 presidential election, with shows like Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight moving left of The Rachel Maddow Show.

“While Fox News is always to the right of CNN and MSNBC, CNN and MSNBC become more in sync over time. Between 2011 and 2015, CNN was consistently to the right of MSNBC, which is no longer the case after 2015,” the study finds.

Also, the study found more bias comes from prime-time shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and Maddow’s.

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Chris Cuomo Accuser Slams NewsNation for Hiring Ex-CNN Host

Shelley Ross posted a message on Facebook, which the New York Post relayed, attacking NewsNation for their decision to bring Cuomo.

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A former ABC News producer who has accused Chris Cuomo of groping her in 2005 has sounded off following the announcement that the former CNN host will be hosting a primetime show on NewsNation starting this fall. 

Shelley Ross posted a message on Facebook, which the New York Post relayed, attacking NewsNation for their decision to bring Cuomo. Furthermore, Ross also called out host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams, who had a lengthy interview with Cuomo.

“Dan, I’m a decades-long fan of yours,” Ross wrote. “But you’ve got this one wrong. The (modest) mixed reaction to Cuomo’s new job does not prove the status quo of the media is under threat.”

“Cuomo IS the status quo, same old same old arrogant, misogynistic proud member of the old boy’s club.”

Ross includes that she is rooting to see NewsNation succeed, considering the cable news scene needs new voices, but then condemns the company for bringing in someone like Cuomo. 

“No one cares what News Nation [sic] ratings are. I am rooting for something new, fresh and honest,” Ross wrote. “Just maybe some of us don’t see Cuomo as that answer… those who have been disappointed in his lack of genuine contrition.”

“As he continues to parse his words, hide behind the love of a brother, deny wrongdoing, he remains tone-deaf and phony to many of us.”

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CNN CEO Chris Licht Could Have Multiple Anchors Fill 9 PM Slot

Also, the 9 PM hour ratings have declined since Cuomo exited from the network late last year.

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CNN has yet to fill the 9 PM time slot that became vacant when the network opted to dismiss former host Chris Cuomo. 

Nonetheless, Axios reports that CEO Chris Licht is considering having a show led by multiple anchors to fill that hour. It’s one of a few options Licht is looking at ahead of the show’s relaunch this fall.

Also, the 9 PM hour ratings have declined since Cuomo exited from the network late last year.

CNN has tested various anchors since the departure of Cuomo. Laura Coates, a senior legal analyst at the network, has taken the position continually in recent weeks. 

However, hosts such as Michael Smerconish and Brianna Keilar have also guest-hosted in the time slot for the company. In the past few months, the 9 PM hour often has featured panels of three to four guests discussing the day’s news.

While CNN looks for a replacement, Cuomo has already found his next gig as the host is heading to NewsNation this fall to host a primetime show for the network. 

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