Conservatives are filing for divorce from Fox News, and betrayed pundits are leading the charge.
Americans watched in stunned confusion on election night when Fox News appeared to be a mirror of other mainstream news outlets, such as CNN, ABC, and NBC with their election coverage of the historically contentious presidential election.
Social media exploded with cries of derision toward Fox in the following days, including by conservative commentators and activists, such as Brigitte Gabriel who encouraged her followers to “Delete the Fox News app OFF your phone” because “Fox News and CNN are two sides of the same coin.”
Gabriel made her comments on Twitter, continuing her diatribe over the following days.
“I have a lot of friends who I know love & respect over at Fox,” Gabriel said. “I don’t like calling them out, and I don’t like telling people to turn them off. I’m doing it because it’s the right thing to do. I hope all of my friends leave Fox News soon to work for reputable organizations.
“I am nothing without you patriots. Clearly, Fox News has forgotten this,” Gabriel said after backlash picked up steam. “No one is too big to fail.” She then went on to reach out to those two networks many believe will replace the news giant, saying “Hey @OANN and @newsmax, I’m always free for booking on your programs! Feel free to reach out. I want to help your audiences grow!”
Newsmax’s Emerald Robinson pointed out what could be a death blow to at least one anchor, Fox News’ Sandra Smith, who found herself the proud new owner of a ringing endorsement from Minnesota Democrat Representative and “Squad” member, Ilhan Omar.
“How bad is Fox News now? It’s so bad that @SandraSmithFox just got an endorsement from Ilhan Omar. That’s a career-killing vote of approval for Sandra. Who wants to be liked by the Katie Hill of Somalia?
Omar commented “We are all Sandra” on a clip of the Fox host showing (and voicing) a degrading and irritated comment while interviewing someone who reminded viewers that the official results have not yet come in, saying “What? We’ve called it.”
Individuals have taken to social media to share their outrage as well, including this user who lumped Fox in with bigger networks saying, “No longer is @CNN @MSNBC @NBCNews @FoxNews considered news. They broke the rule of journalism… “Never become the story” They promoted narrative, chose what can and cannot be said from the President of the United States of America, and helped in this nation’s largest known Coup.”
The turn from Fox News began ever so slightly when President Donald Trump called them out months ago for what he considered to be unfair coverage and seemingly skewed polls.
Election night solidified their fate in the eyes of the most considerate conservatives, but even the mainstream Republican seemed to have a strong distaste for the network after they choose to not air information being offered by House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany when she accused Democrats of “welcoming” fraud and illegal voting, cutting away from a press conference at the White House.
“She is charging that the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continuing showing you this,” Fox News host Neil Cavuto said on air according to The Hill.
“Maybe they do have something to back that up, but that’s an explosive charge to make that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating,” Cavuto continued.
Cavuto’s decision not to tell Americans what the Press Secretary was saying, but rather contradict her without hearing the entire briefing seemed the last straw for many.
“BOYCOTT FOX NEWS! WATCH OAN, NEWSMAX,” outraged social media user said, according to Breitbart News. “You have lost this loyal viewer! Trying to influence an outcome that is clearly not legitimate!” said another.
Other comments included “How about no! Done with Fox!!” and “Done with FOX! You sold out on us! Good luck!” as well as my personal favorite, “I’d rather get another vasectomy without anesthesia sir.”