For about the last twenty years if the question was, “Name a liberal-leaning national news source” the answer was “CBS, NBC, NPR, MSNBC, LA Times, New York Times, ABC, MSN, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, CNN, Washington Post, CNBC…” But if the question was, “name a conservative-leaning national news source” the answer was “Fox News.”
For over two decades conservatives have found their one haunt on the Fox News cable channel which offered news and opinion/news analysis shows from a distinctly conservative point of view. Shows like “The O’Reilly Factor”, “Hannity and Colmes” (later replaced with “Hannity”), “The Kelly File”, “Fox and Friends” and others provided conservative-minded viewers a respite from the constant leftward bias of other national media outlets – whether real or imagined.
But could all that be about to change?
Fox was the founded by the staunchly conservative Roger Ailes who died earlier this month and the equally conservative but approaching 90-years old Rupert Murdoch. As the elder Murdoch reaches the end of his run it’s widely known (and feared) that his two sons, James and Lachlan –both of whom are in the family business and are fundamentally liberal– will seek to move the network in a decidedly more leftward tact once the old man is gone.
A programming announcement made this week is giving indication there may be truth to such suspicions.
Per Bizpac Review, news of Fox getting ready to launch a new and perhaps more “Trump-critical” show has questions swirling:
“Fox News Channel announced the debut of a new one-hour political show focused on the populist movement and featuring a recurring segment tracking one of President Trump’s campaign pledges.
Airing on Sundays, “The Next Revolution” will launch on June 4 and will be hosted by Fox News contributor, Steve Hilton, an adviser to former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Fox News announced in a press release.
The show will “focus on the impact of the populist movement, both in the United States and throughout the world” with a rotating panel of three experts joining Hilton to discuss the week’s top stories.
“Additionally, a segment that will reoccur on TNR entitled ‘SwampWatch’ will provide opinion and analysis on which industries, agencies and political groups in Washington D.C. and beyond are having an effect on President Trump’s pledge to ‘drain the swamp,’” the press release stated.”
There’s no promise “The Next Revolution” will be anything other than “fair and balanced,” if not a fully right-leaning show, but the initial tone and tenor of press releases, snippets and insider rumors are enough to have conservative devotees of Fox a bit on edge.
If Fox News goes liberal, what’s that leave?
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]