If you’re like me, Fox News has become somewhat nearly-unwatchable in recent months. Though it has long been a bastion of “fair and balanced” news and commentary, this election has brought out the worst of what Fox News has to offer.
Now, it is paying the price for their unabated, pro-Trump bias. Because the former number one –rated news channel, that has long been the reigning king of news, has been toppled by a formerly irrelevant news source: CNN.
CNN ranked #1 in cable news in prime time in April. CNN beat Fox News for the fifth time in the last eight months in M-Su prime time (four of the past eight in M-F prime) among adults 25-54. The last time CNN had this many prime time wins in an eight-month period versus Fox News was over 14 years ago (Nov. 2001). CNN also handily topped MSNBC this month in all dayparts, with CNN besting
For the first time in 14 years, CNN was able to secure a lead over Fox News. CNN, however, has not seemed to change their format; they’re still the same biased “news” source as always.
Fox News, however, has changed significantly. During the wide-open Republican primary, Fox News openly gunned for Donald Trump. From making sure to highlight Trump’s refusal to pledge to support whatever GOP candidate walks-away with the nomination to his feud with Megyn Kelly, the channel was vehemently anti-Trump.
During much of the race, Fox backed Marco Rubio. Commentators fawned over any halfway coherent answer given by the Florida senator and even when he would get flustered and bomb, the Fox commentary nearly always revolved around how Rubio didn’t do as bad as he could have done.
When Rubio exited the race, it became clear that Fox had come to terms with their situation and embraced the most-moderate candidate left to embrace who had a chance at winning: Donald Trump.
Since Rubio’s departure, it has been a nonstop Trumpathon with countless discussions about how Trump is “energizing” the GOP.
However, no Fox News host seems to be willing to readily question Trump’s less-than-conservative leanings, his flip-flopping on important conservative issues and nearly all of them have worked to provide cover for the endless string of PR missteps being created by Trump’s combative campaign.
Ted Cruz has taken to repeatedly criticizing the channel for their unwillingness to apply the same level of tough questioning to Trump.
With more and more concerned conservatives turning-away from Trump and his wishy-washy rhetoric, it is little wonder why Fox News is beginning to struggle.