By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) Long-time fans and viewers of Fox News have noted a decidedly Leftward shift in the network over the past several months involving some of the most familiar news anchors and contributors.
Chris Wallace seems tougher on Republicans these days than on Democrats, for instance. Judge Andrew Napolitano has, at times, offered bizarre legal and constitutional opinions in an attempt to criticize the president. The network has hired as analysts outright Democrat hacks like Donna Brazile, fired from CNN for giving Hillary Clinton debate questions in 2016 and who literally told the head of the RNC, Ronna McDaniel, to “go to hell” this week.
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The network’s biggest fan — President Donald Trump — has also noticed this shift, and made mention of it during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday night.
Early in the 45-minute phone interview, after the president commented on former Vice President Joe Biden’s monumental gaffes, he segued into a critique of the network.
“They put people on I think are inappropriate and say very, very false things and people don’t challenge them. I think they’re trying to be very politically correct or ‘fair and balanced,’ right, is the term,” he added. “But I think they hurt themselves, if you want to know the truth.”
No doubt. But Fox News’ prime-time lineup features, in order, Tucker Carlson, Hannity, and Laura Ingraham remain rock-solid in their conservative views and accurate in their coverage of the administration. And it shows: The network finished 2019 with the best prime-time viewership numbers in the network’s history. And they killed Super Tuesday coverage.
So, we’re not concerned — yet — that Fox News has gone over to the dark side. But like the president, we, too, have noticed the sometimes subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle shift toward the ‘mainstream’ at a network that built its brand and its massive audience at being a legitimate alternative to the Left’s stable of media propagandists at the other networks.
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