Americans are trying to figure out what is going on with Fox News.
Primetime hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson are all under fire.
And Fox News just left jaws on the ground with this announcement that could pull the plug on Hannity, Ingraham, and Carlson.
The Democrat National Committee announced that they would not allow Fox News to host one of their Presidential primary debates.
In response, Fox News has asked the DNC to reconsider their decision.
These debates are ratings’ gold and allow networks to charge higher rates for the commercials that air during and after the show.
Fox News has been working to get a piece of the 2020 action on the Democrat side ever since their town hall event with Bernie Sanders.
The event drew over 2.5 million viewers – squashing the ratings for CNN’s town hall broadcasts.
But many Fox News viewers questioned the moderators and the audience.
The crowd was packed with Bernie supporters, and moderators Brett Baier and Martha MacCallum pulled their punches on their questions.
The success of the Sanders event led other Democrats to agree to town hall events on Fox News.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will hold one in the beginning of May.
In addition, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will sit for a Fox News town hall on May 19th.
Buttigieg is Fox’s biggest “get.” He is surging in the polls – he now places third in most surveys – and his fundraising has shot through the roof.
While Fox is not “in the game” for the Democrat Presidential primary, many observers wonder if larger forces aren’t at work.
Many Fox News viewers – including President Trump – began asking if perhaps the network is slanting their coverage to the left in order to win the favor of the Democrat National Committee and appease their enemies in the fake news media.
In the last two months, both the New Yorker and New York Times ran highly publicized hit pieces to pressure Fox News into adopting the liberal media’s talking points and story framing.
Both articles claimed Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch essentially pretended to run a news operation, when in reality, it was actually a right-wing propaganda machine to advance Murdoch’s political interests.
Ever since these stories ran, Fox News’ daytime “straight news” programming has differed little from the anti-Trump fake news one would see on CNN.
Anchors entertain guests about Russian collusion and shield Robert Mueller’s rigged witch hunt from any criticism.
Fox News is also going through a transition.
Rupert Murdoch sold Fox Entertainment – the companies movie and television studios – to Disney.
His son Lachlan Murdoch appears ready to takeover Fox News.
But while he is seen as more conservative than his father, there are questions as to his commitment to stick around for the long haul.
There are whispers he could be looking to sell or step away from the network.
If that takes place, anything could happen.
Before the sale to Disney, Rupert’s more liberal son James planned to reposition Fox News to be more like CNN by hiring David Rhodes – the former president of CBS News and brother of Obama administration official Ben Rhodes – to oversee the network.
If the Murdochs sell or put someone else in charge of Fox News, the networks primetime opinion hosts and the “Fox and Friends” morning show could be on the chopping block.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.