Fox News’s increasingly hostile treatment of President Trump’s conservatives and supporters has become apparent during the 2020 election process, turning off the right-wing political party. President Trump’s supporters grew frustrated at the outlet’s personalities as they jump ship and lean toward the left.
Fox News’s humble beginnings in the mid-1990s were rooted as the alternative to the left-leaning mainstream media and drew a massive conservative audience over time.
The news outlet ratings and popularity skyrocketed after GOP-nominee and later became president, Donald Trump, made several guest appearances for various hosts and personalities. However, the outlet seemed to have turned sour.
Right after the network’s hosts appeared to criticize President Trump and his massive supporters successively, the conservative audience scrambles to create an alternative outlet, as another home.
Republican investors may have pointed to one – Newsmax TV. According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s allies have been exploring ways to build a tough competitor to Fox News for almost two years. Newsmax TV caught the investors’ attention.
Sources say private equity firm, Hicks Equity Partners, held talks in recent months on acquiring and investing in Newsmax. The firm has ties to a Republican National Committee co-chair. Part of the service could also include a streaming-video service.
According to the outlet, the viewership shot-up since Election Day as Newsmax won over loyal viewers to President Trump. The viewers have mostly expressed frustration on Fox News and other networks on their declaration of Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect.
Hosts at Newsmax have promoted election fraud claims by the president, yet no significant evidence has yet to emerge or be presented.
Hicks Equity’s talks with the network are still unclear whether to move forward. However, the discussions show that the president’s investors and allies believe that Fox News can still be challenged with its dominant conservative media landscape for twenty years.
Additional alternatives for the news outlet include One America News, The Blaze TV, the Bill O’Reilly, and Real America’s Voice.
Even before the replacement of Fox News commences, viewership has already started to bleed the network.