Could it be CNN's evaporating audience that has one of its hosts taking one of its infinite swipes at the Fox News behemoth that has so badly thrashed CNN in the ratings?
On Friday's New Day, co-host John Berman quipped that the Fox Business Network might be "on the payroll" of President Trump, and might have prepared an edited mashup of Nancy Pelosi stammering her way through remarks during her weekly press conference on Thursday.
Here was Berman:
"Fox Business, whether on the payroll of the President or not, I don't know, but they did that mashup which the President then tweeted out. What comes first: the chicken or the egg? Did he ask them to do it, did they do it, then he tweeted it out, I don't know."
Berman's jest came in the context of the fact that President Trump had tweeted out an FBN video from Lou Dobbs Tonight of Pelosi in which she appeared struggled with her pronunciation. Co-host and former FNC host-turned-hater Alisyn Camerota noted that it had been "carefully edited" and "manipulated."
Obviously, Pelosi did not stammer every word in her remarks, even though the undoctored evidence showed that she, like politicians are both sides, are not exactly the smoothest peas in the pod.
Note: the Fox Business mash-up in question is not the same one that Rudy Giuliani briefly tweeted out before taking it down and apologizing. That video did doctor Pelosi's voice, slowing it down to make her hesitations more glaring.
Here's the transcript.
CNN's New Day
6:05 a.m. Eastern
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Another carefully-edited mashup of Pelosi, or doctored — well, not doctored, but just manipulated, I should say, mashup, makes it appear that her speech is awkward and stammering. This one actually aired on Fox Business Network. President Trump shared the video and the Fox segment that accompanied it.
JOHN BERMAN: Yeah, we say a doctored video is making the rounds. That removes the responsibility. There are allies of the president spreading lies. Conservative allies of the president spreading lies about Nancy Pelosi . . . The obvious global strategy from the President and his allies to highlight this. Fox Business, whether on the payroll of the President or not, I don't know, but they did that mashup which the President then tweeted out. What comes first: the chicken or the egg? Did he ask them to do it, did they do it, then he tweeted it out, I don't know.