Fox News has been under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks for a variety of reasons, and NewsNation host Dan Abrams is the latest to question the developments.
As part of its evidence gathering in its defamation lawsuit against the network, Dominion Voting Systems uncovered text messages revealing Fox News hosts and executives privately disavowed the stances of then-President Trump’s legal team surrounding the 2020 Presidential election.
However, the hosts — namely Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham — publicly welcomed Trump’s lawyers to their programs to air the arguments the hosts privately disagreed with.
Monday, Carlson aired a portion of the more than 40,000 hours of security camera footage from the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol he was given by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and alleged the footage “demolishes” what had previously been reported about the event.
Carlson claimed the rioters were not there to do any harm, calling them “sightseers”. That encapsulation was criticized by many, including Republican senators and even former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
During Dan Abrams Live Wednesday, the host played a portion of a package aired during Special Report with Bret Baier that essentially disavowed the claims from Carlson. After the report, Baier said “and to be clear, no one here at Fox News condones any of the violence that happened on January 6th”.
“That comment can’t be interpreted as anything other than a rebuke of Tucker Carlson, who has been claiming that the entire event was peaceful chaos,” Abrams said. “Kudos to Bret Baier for speaking up and making that report, but it makes you wonder what is going on over there.
“Airing differences of opinion are a good thing, but this isn’t two-sided. Fox News hosts deceived their audience — both then and now — and it makes you wonder whether the inmates are running the asylum in a way that never would have occurred if Roger Ailes was still in charge. The question though, now, is will there be a reckoning at Fox News? Will any changes come to the network?”
Abrams’ question on whether any changes will come to the network takes place after Drudge Report claimed Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott was not at risk of losing her position with the network. However, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies at the Yale School of Management Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld — a leading media consultant and analyst — told CNN the network has a “duty to remove” Scott and other executives or face potential litigation from shareholders.
Tucker Carlson Welcomes Paying Subscribers for New Media Company
“Once we are comfortable that all of the systems are running well, launch and brand release will follow.”
One of the post-Fox News moves Tucker Carlson teased is to begin the movement to launch his own media company. In October, Carlson scored a significant investment to grow his outlet and secured a major advertising deal.
Carlson’s chief executive told Reuters that their new media company is constructing its base of paying subscribers as they progress toward their launch.
“We’ve opened our site for membership pre-sales,” Neil Patel, co-founder and chief executive, told the outlet. “Once we are comfortable that all of the systems are running well, launch and brand release will follow.”
Patel stated that paying subscribers will have access to exclusive content and behind-the-scenes footage, but he didn’t disclose the pricing.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Carlson incorporated his newly founded media company in Nevada under the name Last Country Inc.
The former Fox News host launched the Tucker on X series after the network fired him in April, and the company is expected to focus on producing video projects, including this series.
FOX Nation Earns Spot on 2023 Fastest Growing Brands List
The platform came in No. 14 on the list.
Fox News’ streaming platform, FOX Nation, appeared on Morning Consult’s Fastest Growing Brands list for 2023. The report is on the top 20 brands that have experienced a significant increase in purchasing consideration this year.
Additionally, the report examines how this trend affects different generations and identifies the brands that have seen an uptick in purchasing consideration, even if it hasn’t necessarily resulted in a direct increase in sales.
So, where does FOX Nation rank in the top 20? The platform came in No. 14, ahead of YouTube shorts and Instagram, to show how much FOX Nation has risen. Furthermore, it was the only streaming platform on this list.
“Growth was determined by taking the share of consumers who said they were considering purchasing from the brand from Oct. 1-24, 2023, and subtracting the share who said the same from Jan. 1-31, 2023,” the report said.
“The Fastest Growing Brands 2023 analysis was conducted among 1,586 brands. Sample sizes ranged from 1,069 to 17,661 responses collected among U.S. adults, with respective margins of error ranging from +/-3 to +/-1 percentage points.”
CNN to Host the Next Two Republican Primary Debates
CNN will host the debates in Iowa and New Hampshire next month.
The next stop for the Republican primary debate is CNN. After NewsNation hosted a debate Wednesday, the three-letter network announced Thursday that they’ll host debates in Iowa and New Hampshire next month.
CNN has scheduled the first of two primary debates on their network on January 10, 2024, at Drake University in Des Moines. The debate will take place just a few days before the Iowa caucus. Meanwhile, CNN has scheduled the second debate on January 21 at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
To participate in CNN’s Iowa debate, candidates must obtain at least 10 percent in three separate national and/or Iowa polls of Republican caucusgoers or primary voters meeting CNN’s reporting standards.
Finally, for candidates to participate in CNN’s New Hampshire debate, candidates must register a minimum of 10 percent in three national and/or New Hampshire polls to qualify for the Republican primary, according to CNN’s reporting standards.
The Iowa debate’s qualifying deadline is on January 2, and the qualifying period for the New Hampshire debate ends on January 16. The organizers will invite candidates who finish among the top three in the Iowa caucuses to participate in the New Hampshire debate.
Hosting two debates comes on the heels of the network announcing that it will have two town hall events with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy next week.