As the news cycle continues to roll on and President Trump continues his familiar habit of producing front page worthy news, today is another day where Fox News and CNN seem like they are covering totally different worlds. While the investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump administration pushes on, much of the news over the past week has been dominated by the failure of the Healthcare bill in the Senate, as well as the hiring (and then firing) of Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director.
However, none of the big events from last week have carried into this week and there appears to be a new cycle of stories that our outlets are pushing to their readers. Let’s take a look at their top headlines:
Fox News: Here is what the Politics page currently looks like, along with a list of some of the other top stories they are running.
“Lock up the leakers? Sessions to unveil crackdown, as Kelly gets White House staff in line”
“The end of the Trump-GOP honeymoon”
“Wasserman Schultz under pressure to testify on ex-IT aide; complaint filed”
“Post-Scaramucci White House: Why Trump is fighting with Republicans”
“DHS moves to expedite border wall projects, waives environmental regs”
“White House investigating email prank against top officials”
“Kurtz: Washington, a city irrigated by leaks”
“Who is Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick for FBI director?”
“Ethics Committee clears Democratic campaign chairman of wrongdoing after gun sit-in”
“President Trump: We’re setting economic records”
“Napolitano: Grading President Trump’s first seven months”
“Sanders blasts ‘false narrative’ on Russia in response to Don Jr. report”
“Trump ‘weighed in’ on son’s statement about Russia meeting, White House says”
“Trump likes to ‘joke’ about a lot of things he shouldn’t joke about”
“Police push back against Trump’s law-and-order speech”
“Battle lines in tax reform fight: Democrats lay out demands”
“Tillerson says US is willing to talk to North Korea”
“North Korea travel ban to take effect next month”
“Scaramucci working to be the ‘best person I can be'”
“Senate to vote Tuesday on new FBI director”
“5 Republicans who could challenge Donald Trump in 2020”
“Al Gore presses on with climate change action in the Trump era”
“Lawsuit: Fox News concocted Seth Rich story with oversight from White House”
“Kushner on potential Russia ties: ‘We couldn’t even collude with our local offices'”
It is clear that each website is largely focusing on different stories – and when they happen to write about the same topic, they are clearly covering it from different angles. I have highlighted the only two subjects where there is any overlap: Russia and the new FBI director. However, it interesting to see that Fox is covering the story by looking at the candidate, while CNN is simply reporting when the vote will be.
Additionally, CNN is reporting that President Trump helped his son, Don Jr., in writing his statement regarding his meeting with a Russian intelligence official last summer. Conversely, Fox News is not even reporting that revelation as a story, they are simply reporting the fact that CNN (and other sources reporting that story) are “Fake news.”
It is funny to see that while Fox News is covering a story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a potential legal situation where she is being pressured to testify regarding an ex-IT aide. CNN has made no mention of this issue; however, they are countering by running a story about a potential legal scandal over at Fox News regarding the story of Seth Rich, which has been alleged to be fabricated with help from the White House. It is almost as if the two outlets are watching what the other is reporting and responding to one legal scandal on the left by running a story about a legal matter involving some folks on the right.