CNN’s Bill Weir: Roger Ailes Made Bundy into Anti-Gov’t ‘John Waynesque Symbol’

When CNN’s Bill Weir interviewed Cliven Bundy Thursday night, one of the questions he asked was about Bundy’s support from a number of Fox News personalities. Specifically, “how does it feel to be abandoned by your friends on Fox?” Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity, who each devoted significant airtime to covering the standoff at Bundy ranch, quickly distanced themselves from the Nevada rancher after his racist remarks went public.

Today Weir talked with Brooke Baldwin about Bundy’s case, following the fallout from his comments about slavery and “the Negro,” and he again brought up the Fox News connection to suggest the decision to prop up Bundy came from the top.

“For me, the story is the political one and how much power our competitors over at Fox News have. Roger Ailes decided that this guy would be canonized as a symbol, as a John Waynesque symbol, of rugged individualism and striking back against the man.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

[h/t Erik Wemple]
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