Jeffrey Toobin handily beats Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo sends Jimmy Kimmel packing in round one of #HackMadness

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The primary spherical of the “Liberal Hack Match” was a battle royale of media titans that separated the weak from the robust.

The NCAA-style contest introduced by the “Ruthless” podcast had a mixed whole of 158,887 . votes forged. And within the Faux Information division, CNN stars fought ferociously, many providing early indicators of event domination.

Brian Stelter, CNN’s left-wing media guru and the first-ever champion of #HackMadness, obliterated Washington Submit columnist Greg Sargent, incomes a whopping 97.5% in a blowout match.

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The “Dependable Sources” host, a No. 1 seed, will subsequent face colleague Jim Acosta, a No. 8 seed, who regardless of having been sidelined this previous 12 months as CNN’s poorly-watched weekend anchor following his starring position as a combative White Home correspondent within the Trump period crushed NBC Information reporter Sahil Kapur gathering 91% of the vote. 

However barring divine intervention, Stelter will eat Acosta’s lunch in spherical two. 

Brian Stelter, the first-ever winner of the “Liberal Hack Match” stays a heavy favourite within the 2022 bracket. (Photograph by Kevin Mazur/Getty Pictures for CNN)
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The most important upset within the Faux Information division got here from the battle of the Jeffs: Jeff Zucker and Jeffrey Toobin. 

Zucker, a No. 4 seed, was pressured out of the community for failing to reveal a consensual relationship with a colleague and reportedly aided disgraced Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo within the early months of the pandemic. Based mostly on the turbulent developments plaguing CNN, Zucker was anticipated to go far in his event debut. 

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Shocking followers throughout ., it was Toobin who got here forward of Zucker, handily beating his former boss as a No. 13 seed with 61% help. 

Toobin will subsequent face off in opposition to Don Lemon, who crushed Politico editor Sam Stein with almost 90% of the vote. Whereas th CNN primetime anchor is the favourite, spectators mustn’t underestimate Toobin’s means to tug it out in the long run. 

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin pulled out a victory against his ex-boss Jeff Zucker and will advance to Round Two of the "Liberal Hack Tournament."

CNN chief authorized analyst Jeffrey Toobin pulled out a victory in opposition to his ex-boss Jeff Zucker and can advance to Spherical Two of the “Liberal Hack Match.”
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The closest matchup of the division was between former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. Cuomo, a No. 6 seed squeaked out a victory in opposition to the ABC comic, a No. 11 seed, leading to a 54-46 vote and his explosive $125 million arbitration demand he launched in opposition to CNN this week following his dramatic exit in December was little doubt a consider his victory. He’s anticipated to get rid of CNN correspondent Manu Raju within the subsequent spherical.

Additionally advancing within the Faux Information division are CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza and The Bulwark editor-at-large Invoice Kristol, who will face one another in what is going to probably be a fierce conflict. 

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Over within the Institution division, MSNBC contributor and No. 1 seed Matthew Dowd despatched Lincoln Challenge co-founder Reed Galen packing profitable over 90% of the vote and can compete within the subsequent spherical in opposition to Washington Submit columnist Max Boot, who defeated Lincoln Challenge co-founder Steve Schmidt. 

Whereas the Lincoln Challenge had a poor exhibiting in spherical one, the disgraced anti-Trump PAC continues to be hoping co-founder Rick Wilson can carry the torch to the championship. Wilson smoked ABC Information correspondent Jonathan Karl with almost 92% of the vote and can subsequent compete in opposition to “Radio Free” Tom Nichols. 

Others shifting on to spherical two within the Institution division are MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace, CNN contributor Ana Navarro in addition to The Dispatch senior editor David French. 

MSNBC contributor Matthew Dowd burned out quickly in the Texas lieutenant gubernatorial race but still has hope in #HackMadness.

MSNBC contributor Matthew Dowd burned out rapidly within the Texas lieutenant gubernatorial race however nonetheless has hope in #HackMadness.
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Over within the Liberal Activists division, Washington Submit columnist Jennifer Rubin trounced Every day Beast columnist Wajahat Ali by a roughly 87-13 margin. 

Rubin has reached all-star standing because the defending champion and a championship finalist the 12 months prior, proving #HackMadness is not only a person’s sport.

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Struggling a devastating blow was Rubin’s colleague, Washington Submit fact-checker Glenn Kessler. Whereas he can simply dish out Pinocchios, he has not gained a single match in his whole “Liberal Hack Match” profession. Kessler was overtaken by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy in a nail-biter match-up leading to a slim 52-48 vote. 

Darcy, extensively seen as Stelter’s sidekick, will probably see his desires of “Hack” glory shattered as he’s set to compete in opposition to Rubin in Spherical Two. 

Popping out of retirement and pulling a Tom Brady is Keith Olbermann, who cleaned the clock of his former MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough with over 77% of the vote. 

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Olbermann, a No. 5 seed, has taken . by storm together with his red-hot Russia takes and his reported efforts to regain his stature as an MSNBC star. He could very effectively get his revenge in spherical two in opposition to Rachel Maddow, the No. 4 seed, who reportedly quashed discussions of him taking on her time slot as she rolls again her on-air presence. 

It will likely be fairly the cage match forward of the Candy 16. 

MSNBC star Rachel Maddow and her former colleague Keith Olbermann will face off in a brutal cage match during Round Two of the "Liberal Hack Tournament." 

MSNBC star Rachel Maddow and her former colleague Keith Olbermann will face off in a brutal cage match throughout Spherical Two of the “Liberal Hack Match.” 

Making robust event debuts are “The View” co-host Pleasure Behar and “Late Present” host Stephen Colbert. Behar, a No. 11 seed within the Liberal Activists division, upset MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, No. 6 seed, with almost 87% of the vote. Colbert, coming in as a No. 2 seed, equally crushed NBC Information correspondent Ken Dilanian with 90.5% of the vote. Not like his comedic rival Kimmel, the CBS star nonetheless has his eyes on the prize. 

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Lastly, within the Means-Too-On-line division, “1619 Challenge” mastermind Nikole Hannah-Jones torched her former New York Instances colleague Ben Smith with a whopping 94% of the vote. 

Hannah-Jones started her “Liberal Hack” profession as a No. 6 seed in final 12 months’s Liberal Activists division and managed to achieve the Candy 16 solely to be defeated by Jennifer Rubin. Kicking off the event as a No. 1 seed in a brand new division, the outspoken New York Instances Journal reporter has a a lot stronger probability of going even additional, however one powerhouse competitor could reduce her journey quick in spherical two: MSNBC host Pleasure Reid. 

MSNBC host Joy Reid is hoping to defeat her competitors in the Way-Too-Online division of the "Liberal Hack Tournament." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

MSNBC host Pleasure Reid is hoping to defeat her opponents within the Means-Too-On-line division of the “Liberal Hack Match.” (Photograph by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The “ReidOut” host defeated her NBC colleague Yamiche Alcindor by a 77-23 margin. Alcindor, as soon as a rising “Hack” star who reached the Candy 16 final 12 months, has largely been absent within the Biden period, apart from when she gushed on to the president as a “ethical, first rate man” throughout his first press convention in March 2021. However Reid, who reached the Elite Eight final 12 months, has managed to keep up her standing within the media panorama developing with new and creative methods to assault conservatives as racists.  

Reid could also be a No. 8 seed, however her upcoming brawl with Hannah-Jones may get ugly. Do not depend her out simply but. 

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Washington Submit columnist Taylor Lorenz, who was licking her wounds following her gorgeous defeat final 12 months within the Candy 16 regardless of having been a No. 1 seed, returned as a No. 2 seed and wiped the ground in opposition to MSNBC host Chris Hayes by a 66-34 margin. She has a a lot clearer path to doubtlessly make it into the Ultimate 4, significantly if she continues her public spat with former New York Instances colleague Maggie Haberman. She is going to face off in spherical two in opposition to The Atlantic employees author David Frum, a No. 7 seed, who she is anticipated to defeat. 

However a possible menace to Lorenz going ahead within the Means-Too-On-line division is “Methods to Be an Antiracist” writer Ibram X Kendi, a No. 3 seed, whose writings have been famously tied to the essential race principle ideology that is been on the heart of a fierce nationwide debate. Kendi will subsequent be going toe-to-toe with anti-Trump Harvard Legislation professor Laurence Tribe. And if he wins, he may tackle Lorenz within the Candy 16. 

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