Fox News isn’t what it used to be…
Maybe the shift started back in 2011 when Glenn Beck left the network and founded the Blaze.
Or maybe it was in 2015 when Donald J. Trump declared his presidency after descending the golden Trump Tower escalator, immediately flushing out all of the rabid anti-Trumpers.
Or maybe the turning point was the summer of 2016 when Fox News honcho Roger Ailes was forced to resign from his post amid sexual assault allegations.
Or maybe it was the firing of Mr. No-Spin-Zone himself, Bill O’Reilly, in 2017.
Or maybe it was the spring of 2019 when former House Speaker and lifelong RHINO Paul Ryan (R-WI) joined the Fox News board, former DNC chair, and corrupt politico Donna Brazille joined Fox News as a paid contributor, and the founder of the network and the News Corporation empire, Rupert Murdoch, handed the reigns of the Fox News Channel to his son Lachlan Murdoch.
Maybe the writing was on the wall.
Though it seems clear that the building trend of Fox News turning against its populist and conservative base was irrevocably confirmed in the spring of 2019 when Fox News chose RHINOs and lifelong democrats over patriotic conservative Americans.
Is it any surprise that the same Fox News that betrayed its loyal audiences now has fresh new competition breathing down its neck?
Those moves “really made people upset with Fox, and they realized that Fox had not been as fair in his coverage to the president, and so they decided to introduce a social media eruption,” said Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy. “That led to our success and ratings.”
A surge of post-election viewership for competing right-wing cable channels suggests that Fox News may not have the iron grip on its audience that it once slept on as a given.
Newsmax and One America News Network (OAN) are booming in the post-election landscape with Fox News choosing to abandon the election fight in order to please their P.C. friends who are all too happy to steal the election from President Trump.
Republican traitor Paul Ryan is laughing so hard in the Fox News board room right now that he cracked a rib.
Newsmax and OAN have attracted a large share of the traditional Fox News audience who has have had their eyes opened by Fox News’ reaction to the election amid the channel’s broad shift leftward.
Newsmax and Greg Kelly’s program, “Greg Kelly Reports,” have made the biggest dent in Fox News’ ratings, though Fox News remains the far and away leader in the ratings battle.
One woman, Bea Quirk, a 76-year-old retiree from Colonial Beach, Virginia, switched to Newsmax from Fox News after the latter “pushed Trump aside” by declaring Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
“I have watched Fox News since long before Trump walked down the aisle,” she said. “I’m a Trump fan. I don’t like the way he was treated.”
In the last seven days before the election, primetime ratings for Fox News were more than 90 times greater than primetime ratings for Newsmax, according to Nielsen, the industry rating tracker.
Compare that to the first seven days after the election and Fox News’ lead declined to less than nine times the ratings of Newsmax. By the week of November 30th, the lead was down to less than seven times.
“Fox News is being forced to actually compete for its audience for the first time in years,” said Matt Gertz, a staffer at Media Matters for America, a left-wing watchdog group that analyzes cable news. “They have had more or less a monopoly over right-wing cable news and have been the focal point of the overall conservative media ecosystem for decades – and now they are needing to deal with competitors coming from the right and trying to take away some of their market share.”
Newsmax’s momentum is undeniable, averaging 401,000 viewers in primetime the week of Nov. 30, compared with 57,000 the week before the election and 233,000 the week of the election, according to Nielsen.
It seems that conservatives viewers are finding that Newsmax and OAN are more “fair and balanced” than the Fox News Channel.