Embattled Virginia Democrat lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax is lashing out at his sexual assault accuser Vanessa Tyson, who says that Fairfax forced her to perform fellatio in a hotel room in Boston at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Fairfax was working as John Edwards’ “body man” on the John Kerry campaign at the time. Fairfax has confirmed that he had an encounter with Tyson but claims that it was consensual. The Washington Post previously spiked the story.
Tyson released her statement through her attorneys — who also represented Christine Blasey Ford — on Wednesday.
Fairfax insists that because Tyson did not mention his alleged assault of her in a 2007 video clip in which she described surviving incest, then somehow her story has “inconsistencies.” Fairfax reportedly said “Fuck that bitch,” with regard to Tyson, according to multiple sources in contact with NBC News.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says this 2007 YouTube video of accuser Vanessa Tyson shows “inconsistencies" in her story. He says it was recorded a few years after she alleges he assaulted her, yet she doesn’t mention him when describing past assaults:https://t.co/1eMQRdKTb3
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 6, 2019
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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