Dean Baquet Is Not Happy With the Cable News Networks

Just say no to news + entertainment.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet may have been in London to celebrate the Times’ expanded presence abroad, but his interview with the Financial Times remained focused on domestic issues, specifically, his displeasure with how cable networks handled election coverage this cycle.

Among the list of infractions was CNN’s decision to hire Corey Lewandowski. “I’m sorry, that is outrageous. I cannot fathom that,” he told FT’s John Gapper.

Baquet was harsher with Fox News, saying the network “at its heart is not a journalistic institution.” While he called Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace “great journalist(s),” he said as a whole FNC was ” some weird mix of a little bit of journalism, a little bit of entertainment, a little bit of pandering to a particular audience.”

He went on to say that cable networks’ “mix of entertainment and news” was an ill-conceived concept, and we now see what that alliance has wrought. “[It’s] kind of funny except that we now have a guy who is a product of that world nominated as Republican presidential candidate.”