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Brian Stelter’s media sidekick Oliver Darcy – screengrab via CNN.

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One of the chief criticisms from CNN’s media tag team of Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy about Fox News is how the latter allegedly does not air diverse and differing viewpoints. This is, they claim, because their anchors and journalists have received marching orders from the top not to deviate from whatever President Trump says on any given issue.

Fox News, Stelter and Darcy insinuate in every tweet and live segment about Fox, is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Trump. Trump gives out marching orders and “right-wing media” outlets like Fox News fall into line, according to Stelter and Darcy.

This piece written by Darcy last week is a classic example:

Major news organizations are reflecting this grim [Wuhan coronavirus] reality with clear-eyed reporting, bold headlines, and historic front pages. So what is Trump, Fox News, and the right-wing media machine doing? They’re constructing a separate alternate reality to keep their fans distracted from the news and outraged at the long-standing villains in the right-wing media universe.

With all of that in mind, it might surprise people to find out that Darcy tweeted out a different kind of criticism of Fox News in the aftermath of all the media outlets including CNN that predictably went bonkers after Trump told reporters Monday he had been taking hydroxychloroquine as a Wuhan coronavirus preventative after consulting with the White House doctor.

Darcy’s criticism of Fox News’s coverage of the story? That there was no unified opinion on it at Fox. Instead, there were … differing views among anchors and guests, which did not seem to compute with Darcy:

It was the first story he pushed in his and Stelter’s nightly newsletter. The headline he used was “Fox vs. Fox.”

Darcy outed himself here. Not only as someone who was flip-flopping from his prior claims about how Fox News supposedly spoke with one voice instead of allowing a diversity of viewpoints, but also as someone who at one point in his career used to understand there was a difference between straight news reporting and opinion/commentary programming:

This tweet perhaps best summed up Darcy’s confusion:

I mean, really! How dare a news network actually let viewers decide what to think for themselves?

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