It looks like it wasn’t just TVNewser and Mediaite that got used over this Fox and Friends “rogue producer with the CNN offer” fiasco. Tonight this item from Dominic Patten went up on Deadline.com. Here’s the money quote…
A source told Deadline that CNN contacted White after the video aired and offered to hire him at double his Fox News salary.
The implication here is that CNN is so desperate for buzz that they’ll pay though the nose to get someone who causes a stir. But there’s something fishy about this leak. It suggests a timeline that looks at best highly unlikely…and at worst totally impossible.
Consider the following:
- The video aired at 8:07 am ET
- The first article to appear online talking about this video and mentioning the CNN offer was posted by Mediaite’s Noah Rothman at 9:36am. Presumably that is ET. TVNewser didn’t have its article up with three sources saying White had a CNN offer on the table until 5:26pm ET.
That timeline means that between 8:07 am ET and 9:36 am ET, according to Deadline’s leak, the following things had to have happened during only 1 hour and 29 minutes: