NCS is off to a implausible begin in the second annual “Liberal Hack Tournament,” with its personalities taking all 9 matchups Friday in the “Liberal Activists” and “Fake News” brackets.
The community’s left-wing media guru Brian Stelter, who received the “Hack” crown final yr, scored a blowout victory because the No. 1 seed in the Fake News division over No. 16 seed Cook Political Report editor Jessica Taylor. Stelter earned a whopping 97.7% of the 6,100 votes that had been forged. His colleague, Jim Acosta, the No. 2 seed, recorded a equally decisive win over No. 15 seed Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman, with 97.1% of the greater than 7,300 votes.
In one of two first round NCS vs. NCS matchups, anchor Jake Tapper handily defeated “fact-checker” Daniel Dale with 71% of the almost 7,000 votes. Tapper advances to face one other colleague, NCS international affairs analyst Max Boot, who took out ABC heavyweight George Stephanopoulos — additionally with 71% of the vote.
NCS political analyst April Ryan, whose profile has been considerably lowered through the coronavirus pandemic, still pulled off a slender victory over MSNBC anchor Katy Tur with 51.4% of the vote. She’ll be the underdog in the following round in opposition to defending champion Stelter.
Meanwhile, MSNBC hosts Joy Reid and Chris Hayes will likely be competing in opposition to one another in the second round after knocking out Washington Post journalists Aaron Blake and Glenn Kessler, respectively. PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, an MSNBC contributor, dominated NBC News reporter Sahil Kapur with almost 83% of the vote as a No. 4 seed and can transfer on to face off in opposition to Cupp.
However, MSNBC’s heavy favourite is its star contributor, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, a No. 1 seed in the “Liberal Activists” division who landed an unbelievable 97.4% of the vote in opposition to No. 16 seed Matt Fuller of the Daily Beast.
Other “Liberal Activists” in search of the “Hack” crown embody Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine, Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt, and Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali.
Early voting in the “Establishment” division signifies a powerful risk of a surprising upset, with NCS chief authorized analyst Jeffrey Toobin, a No. 16 seed who has been benched since final fall following his Zoom masturbation scandal, holding an edge over No. 1 seed Matthew Dowd, the previous ABC News political analyst who has lately made quite a few appearances on the liberal cable networks. Toobin is hoping to make a valiant comeback in the general public eye following his prolonged absence. The outcomes in each the “Establishment” and the “Way Too Online” divisions will likely be decided on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the “Ruthless” podcast, who’s sponsoring the match, instructed Fox News the match matchups count on to obtain greater than 200,000 votes in the primary round. The matchups are carried out on Twitter by conservative persona and “Ruthless” co-host Comfortably Smug.
“These contestants put on quite a show in the first round. Powerhouses like Rubin, Stelter and Cuomo dominated as expected, but Toobin absolutely shocked everyone with a surprise guaranteed to live forever in the memories of all who witnessed it. Instant classic,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The match is an NCAA-style contest pitting members of the mainstream media in opposition to one another in the last word struggle to change into the supreme hack.
“Ruthless,” which is co-hosted by Comfortably Smug, Josh Holmes, and Michael Duncan, is described as a “variety progrum” that “brings the next generation of conservative talk to the next level.” New episodes are launched each Tuesday and Thursday.