For two decades, Fox News has dominated the competition thanks in large part to conservative viewers. I personally have been a long-time viewer of the network, and I am sure many of FreedomWire’s readers have been as well.
But lately, it has been harder to sit through some of the network’s coverage of the election and the drama that came after. If you have been listening to their reporters’ coverage of election fraud, you won’t be able to distinguish what they have been saying compared to the coverage of liberal news networks.
And don’t even get me started on Chris Wallace. What the heck happened to that guy? His loathing of President Trump is undeniable, and his turn at moderating the first presidential debate was appalling.
Fox News Founder Rupert Murdoch saw the lack of a network dedicated to offering conservative voices a forum to be heard as a glaring business opportunity…and he took it.
He hired Roger Ales, who turned the cable news network into a ratings juggernaut and the rest is history.
However, the network that has always been the favorite cable news outlet among conservative viewers is now seeing its goodwill receding with certain audiences.
Much of this angst stems from the network’s disastrous election night coverage in which, inexplicably, the network called Arizona for Joe Biden nine days before the rest of the media. When NBC, CNN, and the New York Times act more professional than Fox, it is time to question what is going on over at the “fair and balanced” network.
The news division of the channel has continued to parrot their competitor’s claims of “zero evidence” of voter fraud, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
Host Neil Cavuto cut away from a live Trump campaign press conference because he claimed that the campaign was peddling false stories of voter fraud.
The network has aired very few of the various state legislature hearings on voter fraud that have taken place throughout the country, and still continue to call Joe Biden “president-elect” despite the fact that the Electoral College hasn’t met to certify him as the winner.
Fox News is facing competition from other conservative-leaning networks for the first time. Newsmax and One America News have begun—although only slightly—to chip away at Fox News’ ratings dominance.
Newsmax in particular has been gaining considerably, as evidenced by the following report by Reuters:
“The network plans to hire more staff in the United States and London, debut a new primetime host and add more weekend programming to capitalize on post-election gains and some viewers’ discontent with Rupert Murdoch’s longtime ratings king Fox News.
Aided by shout-outs from Trump on Twitter, Newsmax’s weekly primetime viewership has jumped 68% since the U.S. presidential election…
Early evening host Greg Kelly on Monday averaged 229,000 viewers ages 25 to 54, the group most coveted by cable news advertisers, for the first -time beating Fox’s Martha MacCallum, who brought in 203,000 viewers in that age range at that hour.”
With that being said, Fox News is still the top dog in cable news. Reuters went on to report, “The network had its highest-rated November in history, drawing 3.9 million primetime viewers, beating all cable networks, not just cable news. Primetime host Tucker Carlson averaged 5 million viewers for a second straight month, a record for cable television.”
These challengers are still years away from having a chance of knocking off the ratings behemoth that is Fox News. And conservatives shouldn’t overlook the fact that the network still has conservative stars such as Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson hosting shows on the channel.
They aren’t a lost cause yet. Time will tell if their days of cable news dominance is up. Stay tuned.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.