This was intriguing to me, so I had to check up on it.
I hadn’t noticed Fox News wasn’t broadcasting President Trump rallies leading up the 2018 Midterms because I had not been watching them. I am usually airing my radio show at the same time the President is speaking a
From what I can tell, it was a rating decision from the top brass which is understandable but very weird at the same time. The White House said they were going to check into this decision. Maybe they should leave it alone and let the network broadcast if they want to because if it’s seen that the White
Source: The Week
A senior White House official told Politico that officials planned “to look into” Fox News deciding to cut away from presidential rallies, suggesting that Bill Shine, the White House communications director and former Fox News president, would get in touch with his former colleagues.
But Politico already did that, and the answer seems to be a combination of low ratings, the repetitive and scripted nature of Trump’s speeches, the loss of revenue from commercials, and some discomfort with handing over the network’s prime time to the president, even a simpatico president like Trump.
Fox News still streams Trump’s rallies online and shows highlights after the fact, but with so many of them and subpar ratings, “they don’t want to give up so much prime-time real estate,” a person familiar with Fox News’ decisions tells Politico. “They’re going with the route they think will give the best ratings performance.” Trump, as a “massive consumer of the media,” might “be disappointed” if Fox News drops his beloved rallies completely, a source close to Trump added.
But this is really a “huge loss on the state and local level for Republicans, because they’re certainly not going to get any of that on other cable networks.”
Most of the other networks are not giving President Trump coverage for his rallies as they coordinate regular programming during that time. They might break into the rally if needed but learning that Fox News had stopped broadcasting the rallies was a jolt to me.
As I stated before, hopefully, the White House doesn’t force the network to broadcast the rallies because it won’t look good and there’s a strong possibility the network would revolt. Not everyone working at Fox News is conservative, and there would be a backlash learning that the White House had that much of influence of their programming.
Message to White House, keep on doing the rallies and let the networks join in when they want to. You do not need to take on this type of water.
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