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MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur: “I Plan to Beat Fox…and Make Them Fear Me”

The newest member of MSNBC’s evening lineup, Cenk Uygur, has lobbed a verbal shot at cable news titan Fox News, telling AlterNet’s Don Hazen his ultimate goal is “defeating Fox.” Uygur, who currently hosts the 6 p.m. hour in MSNBC’s post-Olbermann lineup, says “I hope (defeat Fox) through pointing out their hypocrisy, propaganda and general foolishness. But I also plan to beat them in the ratings and make them fear me.”

Defeat–and fear–clearly hasn’t happened yet. On Monday night, Nielsen ratings show Uygur’s MSNBC hour in third place, behind CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Fox’s ratings winner Bret Baier. Baier had 411,000 viewers 25-54 on Monday night, compared to Blitzer’s 183,000 and Uygur’s 131,000.

Uygur concedes Fox News has a formula that works. He respects it, he just wants to destroy it:

To be honest, I think Fox News is very relevant. For so long, they have controlled the national conversation by incessantly talking about the stories they want to drive home. They do it until the other cable news outlets and eventually the whole press picks up on it. I want to drain them of that power. I want to put them back in the cave they came from.

Update: After refusing an alternate timeslot from that currently held, Uygur has parted ways with MSNBC.

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