As the White House changes ownership, so will Fox News’ support for the presidency.
After four years of promoting the president and the White House slavishly, the right-wing media will make a sudden turn. When Joe Biden is sworn in as president on January 20, cable viewing viewers can witness one of the most dramatic 180-degree twists and turns in history. After four years of promoting the president, Fox News is expected to be pumped on the brakes within seconds of the inauguration ceremony. The person in the White House is suddenly not a Republican. What’s more, the network can no longer rely on the willingness of the president or his assistants to call in Fox News at any time of the day or night. The right-wing TV channel, and its big-name hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, are going to spend. the next four years as the party of the opposition. Of course, the network has already done so – the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency were not so long ago – but Biden presents another challenge. ‘Of course we can expect it to be relentlessly negative, but at some levels it’s a challenge. because he is a 78-year-old white, fairly moderate history, “said Heather Hendershot, a professor of film and media at MIT who studies conservative and right-wing media.” In the past, they have attacked Hillary Clinton very harshly, not only because she was liberal, but there was obviously some underlying sexism and misogyny there – and obviously the fact that Barack Obama was African-American was central to the legal attacks on him, implicitly or explicitly, also on Fox News. ‘This does not mean that Biden’s government escapes attack, even if he evades the worst. Kamala Harris will be the first black vice president, and could become a target for Fox News’ hosts. If the Democrats win the two Senate elections in Georgia, the Senate will be split 50-50, and Harris will cast the deciding vote. ‘[If that happens] she’s going to be a tiebreaker in Congress back and forth, “Hendershot said. And every time that happens, it’s a way to attack Biden in a tangible way – it gives [Fox News and other rightwing outlets] a kind of ‘red meat’ to attack Kamala Harris because she is a woman and a colored person. ‘Biden claims to have nominated’ the most diverse cabinet in American history ever announced ‘, with Janet Yellen as the first woman to be secretary of the Treasury, while Lloyd Austin, if confirmed, would be ready to be the first to become black defense secretary. Peter Buttigieg, an occasional Fox News guest, is the first openly gay cabinet secretary to head transportation. Fox News has already attacked another range of Democrats: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and other female, non-white members of Congress. Matthew Gertz, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a media watchdog, said it’s a theme. it has continued to dominate even since Biden became president-elect. ‘Much of what we’re seeing right now is less focused on Joe Biden himself and more on this idea that he’s going to be a puppet for other figures in some way. that it’s easier to attack – but her it’s Kamala Harris, or Bernie Sanders, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Gertz said. This is an angle they pursued quite a bit during the campaign, and it is also something they focused on during the transition. “Fox The news is attributed to the fact that it fueled the growth of the Tea Party movement in 2010, which was the initial vehicle for fringe rightists to gain greater influence in the Republican Party. The US consulate attack in Benghazi in 2012 has’ has long become a story on Fox News, even if the government – through a Republican-controlled House committee – has been cleared of any transgressions. ‘We’ve seen to some extent how it’s going to play out. “There are a lot of incredibly overheated and conspiracy theorizing Fox News comments in the early years of the Obama administration. I think this is likely to be an area they would like to return to,” Gertz said. ‘It’s likely to be a source for the scandal we saw during the Obama administration – basically a return to Benghazi coverage, where the network is going to spend a news event and months and months and years and years on it and their to hear that the Democratic government is the source of appalling actions. ‘It is clear that a shift from one president’s support to the next is not unheard of. liberal cable news networks would have experienced something similar when Trump was elected in 2016 – although CNN and MSNBC were never the same quasi-propaganda outfits for Obama as Fox News was for Trump. The more liberal news organizations continued to experience an increase in popularity. , and a boost to viewership, after Trump won. MSNBC and CNN got a two-digit increase after Trump won, while the Atlantic, the New Yorker and ProPublica all got a readership boost. Fox News declined to comment, but a spokesman pointed to the Nielsen rating, which shows that the network is by far the most watched cable news channel. House. “Politicalized media, whether magazines or opinions, smaller than the [left-leaning] Nation or the [conservative] Hendershot says that National Review, or bigger people like Fox News, will be financially prosperous the more opposition they are, “Hendershot said. They will have to increase their opposition, due to the fact that Biden is president – and at the same time can eat their cake and eat it too, by not losing Trump as a story because he will continue to promote himself, inaccurately. as the real president in exile. ” So they can do very well financially and politically, because not only can they attack Biden, they can also swing very hard at Kamala Harris, and they can also continue to work the Trump story and satisfy the base, because Trump is not going to disappear. ”