Fox News may be facing a serious shakeup in the next several weeks, at least if the predictions of pundits are correct.
Journalists such as Peter Barry Chowka have noticed a trend of Fox contributors struggling to support Donald Trump since his controversial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. Now, they’re predicting that “an internal civil war” could be happening at the right-leaning network.
In a recent American Thinker piece, Chowka pointed out that many Fox contributors have been rattled to the point of tears over the fact that Trump didn’t parrot the media talking points about Charlottesville.
“Most mainstream news organizations are siding with the left-wing narrative and blaming President Trump for his unconventional reaction to the events at Charlottesville,” explained the article. “They are also largely absolving the anarchist and Antifa participants of any responsibility for the violence that took place.”
Of course, the president took a different approach, and called out both sides for contributing to the hatred and violence.
Recent events such as the assault on police by leftist protesters in Boston and the shooting of two officers by an apparent black supremacist in Florida have somewhat vindicated Trump’s comments, but that hasn’t stopped Fox News from appearing conflicted and emotionally triggered.
“It’s been a bizarre week for the folks at Fox News,” explained Newsweek. “For many of the network’s personalities, it’s been one of the most challenging weeks since Trump took office – and the tears have been steadily streaming on live television for its millions of viewers nationwide.”
On August 16, Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell, a black Republican, slammed the president and claimed that he couldn’t sleep because of Trump’s response to Charlottesville.
“I come today with a very heavy heart,” Caldwell said while visibly crying. “Last night, I couldn’t sleep at all because President Trump, our president, has literally betrayed the conscience of our country.”
The next day, Fox host Melissa Francis started crying on the air after she revealed that she felt “judged” about her position about Trump and Charlottesville.
And 28-year-old Katherine Timpf, a white woman born long after the civil rights movement, also seemed to be constantly on the verge of tears and appeared to virtue signal about Trump’s comments. “I have too much eye makeup on right now to be crying. It’s disgusting,” she said.
As a reminder, the comments made by Trump that Timpf and others called out as “disgusting” included condemning violence and calling on all Americans to love each other.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence that’s on many sides …. It has no place in America,” President Trump said on the day of the Charlottesville incident.
“[T]he hate and the division must stop. And must stop right now,” Trump also stated. “We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection — and really I say this so strongly — true affection for each other.”
Why that statement of unity was seen as “disgusting” by Fox News contributors was unclear.
Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Jesse Watters were more fair to the president during the fallout from Charlottesville, but seemed to be in the minority at the cable network.
That trend could be a sign that a power struggle — or civil war, to borrow Chowka’s somewhat ironic description — could be unfolding at Fox. The criticism of Trump by network executives seems to confirm that observation.
“(21st Century Fox CEO) James Murdoch went on the record deploring Trump and appearing to criticize his own news channel for some of its pro-Trump coverage,” Chowka wrote.
The ratings have taken a hit, too.
“MSNBC ranked as the number one network across all of cable in total viewers for the first time in its history, according to Nielsen data,” Variety reported on Aug. 17.
“For Wednesday, Aug. 16, MSNBC averaged 1.52 million viewers for the total day across all of cable, edging out second place Fox News, who averaged 1.5 million,” continued the report.
All of this suggests that major changes may be coming soon to the embattled network. As executives and hosts try to figure out where they stand on Trump, there could also be opportunities for rival news sources to become new favorites among the president’s die hard supporters.
Those opportunities could be a gold mine for aggressive media moguls, including Steve Bannon, who recently returned to Breitbart News and pledged an all-out war of words in defense of the president.
Recent history has shown that it’s not smart to bet against Donald Trump. We will have to watch closely to see what happens if Fox News decides to distance itself from the president.
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source: Conservative Tribune