New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman continues to be a thorn in FNC’s side. This time Sherman writes about an editorial edict that went down last Saturday…
According to sources, David Clark, the executive producer in charge of Fox’s weekend coverage, gave producers instructions not to talk about gun-control policy on air. “This network is not going there,” Clark wrote one producer on Saturday night, according to a source with knowledge of the exchange. The directive created a rift inside the network. According to a source, one political panelist e-mailed Clark that Bloomberg was booked on Meet the Press to talk about gun control. Clark responded, “We haven’t buried the children yet, we’re not discussing it.” During the weekend, one frustrated producer went around Clark to lobby Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice-president for news editorial, but Clemente upheld the mandate. “We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control,” the source said. Clark’s edict wasn’t universal: On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace talked with Democratic Senators Joe Lieberman and Dick Durbin about gun control, and later in the program, panelists Bill Kristol and Fortune editor Nina Easton weighed in on the issue.
This didn’t go un-noticed by Johnny Dollar who offered up three examples of FNC talking about Gun Control.
One example was concerning Bill O’Reilly talking about it tonight, which of course falls outside of the timeline window Sherman wrote about.
A second example was about Bob Beckel discussing it. No date was given to the discussing of it and Beckel is on The Five so I will assume it occurred today…which is also outside the timeline window Sherman wrote about.
The third example Dollar gave was a clip of Fox News Sunday, which Sherman himeslf wrote about in his article.
So Dollar’s defense wasn’t very iron clad. The one example of discussing Gun Control which occurred on the weekend that’s presented by either Sherman or Dollar was the Fox News Sunday example. It’s not clear to me whether Fox News Sunday falls under Clark’s oversight since it’s produced for Fox broadcast and not FNC. But even if it did fall under Clark’s oversight, it doesn’t invalidate the theory that Clark’s edict occurred and instead was ignored by Fox News Sunday.