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Fox News prepares to dump Trump

For Fox News, breaking up with Donald Trump will be hard to do.

Their sometimes stormy marriage (not Daniels) began nine years ago, when the founding president of the right-wing cable channel, the late Roger Ailes, gave Trump a weekly segment of the popular morning show. Fox and friends, kicking off the reality TV star’s unlikely trip to the White House.

However, since Tuesday night – when the highest-rated point-of-sale decision-making office, alone among the country’s major cable and broadcast networks, enraged Trump and millions of viewers by calling Arizona’s 11 electoral votes for Joe Biden – Fox News is launched, painful and public process of separation from the 45th President of the United States.

Which should not confuse this delicate transition with Biden’s loving embrace.

“The hosts will scream ‘socialism,’ tell her minority viewers that Biden’s policies are bad for them, and they’ll push the narrative that viewers should be scared, because she is the actual president behind the scenes, according to their account. . Said a longtime Fox News staffer, one of four who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity in order to protect their work. “I think it will be a resistance network if Biden wins, because being in opposition is good for business.”

A second staff member predicted that in the event of Biden’s presidency, Fox News programming “will be a black hole where news dies and conspiracy theories and opinions reign supreme.” (Maria Bartiromo, the Fox Business Network presenter, has already dived into these dark and murky waters.) The Fox employee continued, “They will highlight any problem with the economy and blame it on Biden. Any news item that can be “ spun ” to make Biden look bad will be magnified. Trump and his cabinet will likely have “contributor” titles by the time Biden is sworn in.

A third Fox News staffer said: “A lot of Fox viewers have been Trump supporters, and particularly in the early months of a potential Biden administration, I think they’re going to push the same rhetoric as ‘they pushed through the election period. For years, programming has hammered Clinton’s emails, and I think the Hunter Biden debacle will be the same.

While Fox’s ratings have hardly suffered since Arizona’s notorious appeal – quite the contrary: Fox News’ Election Night programming has drawn more than 14 million viewers, beating all other networks. broadcast and cable by a wide margin – the leaders of the network can not be satisfied. the spectacle of hundreds of Trump supporters (in other words, the channel’s target audience) chanting “Fox News sucks!” on live television, as they did on Wednesday night during a protest in the parking lot of the Maricopa County Election Department in Arizona, where the votes were being counted.

“Fox is a lot like network suicide,” Christopher Ruddy, CEO and majority owner of Newsmax, told The Daily Beast. A Fox News viewer delves into the President’s continued negative coverage, concern over the supposed ‘suckers and losers’ comments, the abominable way Chris Wallace handled this debate and all the Fox News polls – which were high end to be wrong against Trump. When you add all of that, it looks really bad. “

Ruddy, a friend of the president and a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, added, “Fox didn’t like Trump, they wanted him. I spoke to the president yesterday, and that’s his opinion. He thinks they really wanted to catch him and he is very upset… He certainly has Irish Alzheimer’s disease. He forgets everything except grudges. He definitely remembers all the grudges. It won’t be good for Fox anyway because Trump, even if he loses, is going to be a force in the media.

Ruddy said Newsmax was able to capitalize on the anger of Trump and his cronies at Fox News.

“Newsmax is the only television network capable of competing with Fox,” said Ruddy, claiming nearly 70 million American homes on cable and streaming systems such as YouTube and Roku. He said Election Night Nielsens showed Newsmax reached around 3 million viewers – a tiny fraction of Fox News’ estimated 40 million audience. “Newsmax generally supports the president. I don’t agree with everything, but we were very fair.

Fox News executives, meanwhile, could not have welcomed the bashing of the Trump campaign on Thursday by longtime director of the channel’s decision-making office, Arnon Mishkin – who has appeared on the network frequently in defense of the network. his team’s controversial first projection of a Biden victory in Arizona (giving Vice President Barack Obama, Fox News calculated, 264 Electoral College votes – 6 less than the Presidency – compared to Trump’s 214).

“A Democratic member put his finger on the scale and declared Joe Biden the winner before the vote count,” complained Trump’s campaign officials during a protracted attack on Mishkin and his motives. Even left-wing election analysts like Nate Silver have criticized the decision, but Mishkin stands by his terrible decision despite [sic] and refusing to withdraw his wrongful appeal. Why would Mishkin put his finger on Joe Biden’s scale before so many votes were counted? Mishkin is a registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, worked as a Democratic political consultant, and has long donated to Democrats, including the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign.

Fox News declined to comment on the Trumpian side, although Mishkin addressed it on air Thursday night. “Basically everyone on our team is very interested politically and therefore everyone votes. I’m not asking them exactly how they vote. I know a lot of them have Republican work experience, others have Democratic work experience, ”he told presenters Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. “The Trump campaign is correct in that my professional background includes political advice for Democrats when I worked in political advice. Over the past 12 years I have donated a total of … $ 800. Five hundred of that went to a classmate of mine who is a congressman, a Republican congressman, and another $ 300 went to a friend of a classmate who is a Democrat. So 500 dollars to Republicans 300 dollars to Democrats. A little more money before I lead the decision-making team here. “

Mishkin was transparent when he said he voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – a fact that didn’t stop him from calling the election for Trump that year. Since joining Fox News in 2008 as a consultant, a non-staff status he maintains, his political donations (according to Opensecrets.org) have amounted to $ 500 to a Republican House candidate and $ 250 to a Democratic House candidate.

“Some elements of the coverage were good, like having members of the decision-making office on the air to explain their decision to race in Arizona,” said a longtime Fox News member. “Others, not so much. Opinion leaders such as Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, who have a role to play in the U.S. divide, should not be part of the coverage to further promote the divide in an already controversial election. The Trump administration insists on voter fraud, and sometimes Fox repeats what the administration says. It doesn’t help anyone.

At times, however, on-air Fox News figures have disputed the Trump campaign’s election fraud allegations, as with Fox and friends Steve Doocy’s skeptical host Thursday on former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi – yet another harbinger of the impending network break with Trump.

In addition, another duchy of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, the New York Post, also seemed poised to file for divorce from Trump with a Thursday night story mocking a “panicked Donald Trump Jr.” for his “ignorant” tweet calling on his father to wage “all-out election war”. And the newspaper article on the President’s rambling and conspiratorial speech Thursday night was headlined, “Downcast Trump Makes Allegations of Election Fraud Without Basis in White House Speech.”

Meanwhile, if Trump fails to win a second term, he and his supporters – Rudy Giuliani, Corey Lewandowksi, Don Jr. and the rest – risk swallowing their rage in the end, another staff member said.

“Trump’s people will keep coming – unless the president starts his own network.”

Justin baragona contribution to reports. Diana falzone was a camera reporter for Fox News from 2012 to 2018. In May 2017, she filed a sex discrimination and disability lawsuit against the network and settled and left the company in March 2018. She was represented by lawyer Nancy Erika Smith.

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