Trump calls Fox 'unwatchable' while promoting Newsmax and OANN, Internet tells him to 'come to grips' with loss

Both Newsmax and OANN have propagated the conspiracy theory of voter fraud as alleged by Trump and critics have slammed them for giving out false information


                            Trump calls Fox 'unwatchable' while promoting Newsmax and OANN, Internet tells him to 'come to grips' with loss
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President Donald Trump slammed Fox News on Saturday, November 28, and called it 'virtually unwatchable'. Instead, he suggested that his followers should watch conservative media outlets One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax.

"@FoxNews daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends. [email protected] ,@newsmax, or almost anything else. You won't have to suffer through endless interviews with Democrats, and even worse!" he wrote.



 

 

Users on Twitter poked fun at and commented on the president's peevish take on Fox News. "You have lost the election. Come to grips with it," one tweeted. "Watching Trump lose over and over and over again (30+ times and counting) is the parting gift we never knew we needed and can’t live without. America is grateful," tweeted another one. 

"Trump may not have a #StateTV in the classic authoritarian sense, but he has a de facto one in dozens of streaming options and YouTube content producers who are rarely blocked by social media. Trump's propaganda is prolific and intentionally misleading," tweeted a user.

"I miss having a president who doesn’t spend all day watching TV and tweeting about how it hurts his feelings," one wrote. 



 

 



 

 



 

 

 



 

Lately, Trump and Fox News have been going through a rather rough patch. For the past few months, Trump has tweeted criticisms of the conservative network, at times calling them "Fake News" and "anti-Trump." "@FoxNews is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!," the president tweeted in May.



 

Trump grew far more desperate during the final stages of his presidential campaign as he railed against the network for showing what he called "fake" polls that projected Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead in key swing states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. When Fox News projected that Biden won Arizona, Trump claimed the network had "completely collapsed."

"@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews," Trump tweeted on November 12.

According to The Hill, the Trump campaign even pushed hard for Fox News to withdraw the projection. So now, Trump has taken to pushing his followers to support OANN and Newsmax. These channels have appeared more favourable to him, and have seen an astronomical rise in viewership since the election. 

Newsmax, which was founded by Trump's longtime friend Chris Ruddy, saw its primetime ratings increase manifold the week after the election, the Associated Press reported. "We're killing it here on Newsmax with a tactic they've never tried. It's called the truth, the stone-cold truth, and once you get a taste of it, you will never tolerate being lied to again," Newsmax personality Grant Stinchfield said Election Week.

Both Newsmax and OANN have propagated the conspiracy theory of voter fraud as alleged by Trump and critics have slammed them for giving out false information. 

Trump's Anti-Fox comments might have an impact on the network, as according to the Morning Consult poll, the networks favorability dropped by 13 percentage points among Republicans after the election. Before November 3, about 67 percent of U.S. adults who identify as Republican were in favour of Fox News. However, after network predicted Biden's network in Arizona, the number dropped to just 54 percent. The average share of those with an unfavorable view of the network nearly doubled to 30 percent.

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