In a news industry that is overwhelmingly dominated by left-wing viewpoints, Fox News has long stood out as a haven for conservatives. But that appears to be changing.
As Fox News Channel continues to face backlash for its coverage of the 2020 election, Breitbart’s John Nolte is suggesting that the network might soon be done for good. “You never want to lose your base,” Nolte wrote in a column Saturday.
“Once you lose your base,” he said, “you’re in serious trouble.”
Bad polls and early calls
Writing Saturday, Nolte said Fox should be most worried about losing their “core viewers, the people who were once the most loyal.”
According to the Breitbart columnist, those viewers started turning to a different news channel after network host Chris Wallace botched his “role as moderator in the first presidential debate between President [Donald] Trump and Joe Biden,” giving a performance that Nolte called “dreadfully biased and dishonest.” (Even Wallace has admitted he was “disappointed” with the televised match-up, CNBC notes.)
Since then, the situation hasn’t improved for Fox.
The network was one of the first to call the state of Arizona for Biden — a call it made on election night, according to Politico, despite election officials admitting that the final ballot count would take days to complete. The move earned them swift pushback, Reuters reported, including from Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey.
It’s far too early to call the election in Arizona. Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven’t even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls. In AZ, we protected Election Day. Let’s count the votes — all the votes — before making declarations.
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) November 4, 2020
Conservatives feel betrayed
Trump himself has also leveled criticism against Fox in recent weeks. The president told conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh in early October that the network is “a much different thing [than] it was four years ago,” Deadline reported.
“You watch this Fox, and it is a whole different ballgame,” Trump added.
It all has Nolte convinced that Fox could be headed for its downfall, especially considering that the network “has legitimate competition now” in the form of broadcast outlets like One America News Network and Newsmax, as well as online publications like Breitbart.
“Fox News has stunk for years, but over the past few months it’s gone beyond stinking to out-and-out betrayal of its loyal viewers, especially with its presidential polls that are not simply incorrect, they are bald-faced lies,” Nolte argued. Only time will tell, however, if the criticism starts showing up in the ratings for what has long been one of cable’s top networks.