CNN's Brian Stelter highlights protest outside of Fox News Headquarters
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From the March 17 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:
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BRIAN STELTER (CNN CHIEF MEDIA CORRESPONDENT): Lots to get to but let's begin with exclusive reporting about someone who's on the president's mind right now. That's his Fox News friend Jeanine Pirro. As you know, Pirro was widely denounced last week for doubting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's patriotism. Fox publicly condemned Pirro's comments, but here's the part you don't know: Pirro was suspended by Fox after that episode, according to a source familiar with the matter. That's why she was absent on Saturday night. Now, Fox is declining to confirm or deny that she's been suspended. They're not saying either way. The network says, quote, "we are not commenting on internal scheduling matters." So will she be back next weekend? Well, President Trump hopes so. "Bring back Judge Jeanine," he tweeted a short time ago. You can see his full three-part tweetstorm here, we'll put it up on screen. What's remarkable about this tweetstorm is that he's telling Fox News what to do and giving free advice to the network. He's essentially telling the Murdochs, hold firm, stay strong, don't be pressured by anybody, be what you want to be. He's saying, Fox is number one, no one can take that away from you. So that's where we are, the president telling his favorite network to toughen up, stay strong.
Partly due to this, did you see this the other day? It was a protest right outside Fox News headquarters in New York City. This protest on Wednesday coincided with a big fancy event for advertisers. Fox was bringing in ad buyers trying to pitch them to spend more money with Fox. So the anti-Fox group Media Matters organized that protest and of course they also organized the release of those offensive clips of Tucker Carlson, those clips from 10, 15 years ago on a shock jock radio show, it was actually from 2006 to 2011. But Media Matters says those clips are relevant today because of Carlson's behavior on the air today. So look, Fox right now has multiple issues on multiple fronts. Carlson is one issue, Pirro is another. And these attempted ad boycotts might be the most important issue of all.