MRC’s Gainor: Left Would Shut Down MSNBC ‘in a Heartbeat’ to get Fox Off Air

November 19th, 2010 3:16 PM

Media Research Center Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor appeared on Fox Business Channel’s ‘Varney & Co’ Nov. 19 to discuss Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s stated wish to shut down both Fox News and MSNBC.

The West Virginia Democrat recently said, “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse.”

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So Rockefeller would silence the two networks he sees as on the extreme opposite fringes of discourse: Fox on the right and MSNBC on the left. Fox Business’s Charles Payne called Rockefeller’s statement “crazy” and Gainor agreed that it was “so loony that politicians when they say it then later on they go like ‘I said that? I didn’t really want to say that.’”

Rockefeller, of course, has no authority or constitutional right to limit free speech, but Gainor believed his idle talk was telling. “This just goes to the heart of how much the left really hates Fox. They don’t hate MSNBC, but they’d throw them under a bus in a heartbeat just to take down Fox.”