Joseph Klein at FPM: Newsmax TV: A Rising Alternative to Fox News…….


The writing has been on the wall for a while now, Fox News has taken a leftward turn…


Newsmax TV: A Rising Alternative to Fox News

Filling the crucial need for more conservative points of view on cable television.

Mon Mar 16, 2020 Joseph Klein


When Fox News launched in 1996, it was the lone conservative voice in a TV news landscape dominated by leftwing media outlets. Fox News combined traditional news reporting with hard-hitting primetime opinion shows that had a decidedly conservative bent. It found its core audience, climbed in the ratings and surpassed its leading cable news rivals on the Left, CNN and MSNBC.


Over the years, however, Fox News’s focus has changed. While still featuring its primetime conservative opinion hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham, the network is increasingly presenting leftward leaning perspectives that have blurred its original mission. Fox News viewers hear regularly from liberal anchors Juan Williams and Chris Wallace. They also hear on a daily basis from Democrat operatives who are Fox News contributors such as former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, Mary Ann Marsh, Jessica Tarlov, Marie Harpf and “progressive” radio talk show host Leslie Marshall. Fox News has also given respectful platforms to leftists Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Hahn and many similarly inclined others – a courtesy that is not reciprocated by leftist cable shows.


This past Super Tuesday, Fox News viewers were treated to an on-air tantrum by Donna Brazile. It was prompted by comments made earlier in the day by the Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel regarding the potential rigging of the Democrat presidential nomination process against Bernie Sanders. Brazile accused Chairwoman McDaniel of using “Russian talking points to sow division among Americans.” She then snarled, “So Ronna, go to hell!” She got a “fist bump” from Juan Williams for her boorish partisan behavior. Brazile was formerly a CNN contributor, who left that network after it was learned that she had shared questions for CNN-sponsored candidate events in advance with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 primary campaign against Sanders. Fox News’s subsequent decision to hire Bazile is baffling enough. Even more baffling is Fox News gave Brazile a pass for her inexcusable antics on Super Tuesday. Apparently, being a mendacious and insulting leftist means never having to say your sorry now on Fox.


Fox News is clearly not up to the task of confronting alone the constant bombardment of leftist propaganda that viewers are exposed to on CNN, MSNBC and the three major broadcast networks. Fortunately, despite the significant hurdles in starting a new cable news network that can compete with the well-established incumbents, Newsmax TV and One America News Network (OANN) have emerged to present conservative points of view on cable television.


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