FNC = Career Death?
NewsBusters’ Brent Baker writes about Joe Muto talking on CNN’s Reliable Sources about not being able to get hired elsewhere because he worked at FNC…
Muto, an associate producer for The O’Reilly Factor until Wednesday, told Howard Kurtz “I sent out dozens and dozens of resumes. CNN must have gotten twenty resumes from me.”
But, “I was blackballed within the industry, that people, hiring managers, see Fox News on your resume, and they say ‘this guy’s a conservative, this guy’s a nut, we don’t want him in our organization.’ I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at Fox News.”
When I wrote that article on MSNBC’s POV metamorphosis; specifically the part about putting yourself in the position of an MSNBC anchor, that particular passage originally sprang out of a private discussion I once had regarding talent going to FNC and whether doing so could be career suicide. You could substitute “MSNBC” with “FNC” in those passages and have it be almost exactly the same result. It’s not just working at MSNBC that threatens your career chances. Working for FNC can be just as bad a stigma. It’s like the Roach Motel for two of the three cable news nets: “Talent goes in but won’t come out”.
So hearing Muto say that he couldn’t find a job elsewhere on the technical side is not surprising to me. But at the same time I’m not 100% convinced that it was all FNC’s reputation that blocked Muto from getting hired elsewhere. There is a glut of qualified people out there after all.