A new report suggests that if President Trump is officially declared the loser in the election, he intends to set up a digital media company to compete with and "ruin" Fox News.
Axios has indicated that the president has made these intentions clear to several friends.
The channel would stream online, according to the sources, which is necessary to cut costs and minimize the time it takes to get the media company off the ground.
“He's going to ruin Fox. No doubt, ”a source told Axios.
🚨 🦊 NEW… Source tells me that Trump has plans to use vote counts to “ruin” Fox so he can start his own paid MAGA channel built from his campaign SMS database: “He's going to be a lot Spend Time Beating Fox ”https://t.co/KkPx4EWFBQ
– Mike Allen (@mikeallen) November 12, 2020
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President Trump tried to ruin Fox on social media
Although he has launched attacks against Fox News in the past, President Trump has been in a special streak lately, heavily criticizing the network that was once the only major news agency that covered him fairly.
Trump has even urged viewers to move to other outlets – like One America News and NewsMax – despite still promoting personalities like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Greg Gutfeld.
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Could he consider adding them to his network?
On Thursday, the president posted a tweet blaming Fox News for the 2020 election results.
"(Fox News) daily ratings have completely collapsed," he said. "Weekends worse during the day."
"Very sad to see this, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there," he continued. "You forgot the Golden Goose."
"The biggest difference between the 2016 and 2020 election was (Fox)."
. @ FoxNews daily ratings have completely collapsed. Weekends worse during the day. Very sad to see this happen but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. You forgot the golden goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 and 2020 election was @FoxNews!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
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A Trump Digital Media Company
The split between Fox News and the president has been simmering for some time.
The last straw could have been election night, when Trump voters themselves apparently finally declared that the network had gone too far astray.
The network called on election night Arizona on behalf of Democrat Joe Biden, a move the campaign felt was premature and which the New York Times would later admit was "a bold call that instantly changed the tone of the night."
The campaign responded by criticizing the network's decision desk director Arnon Mishkin as "a Clinton-voting, Biden-donating Democrat."
The Trump campaign hits Fox News in a new press release, saying that a "Clinton-voting, Biden-donating Democrat heads the Fox News Decision Desk." pic.twitter.com/536IPufGeO
– Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) November 5, 2020
Days later, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairperson Ronna McDaniel held a press conference to discuss Pennsylvania litigation and a post-election landscape overview.
McEnany was cut off by host Neil Cavuto.
She claimed that the Trump campaign "wants every legal vote to be counted, and we want every illegal vote …" before Cavuto stepped in.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa – I just think we need to be very clear," he said.
"She accuses the other side of welcoming fraud and illegal voting," Cavuto continued.
"If she doesn't have more details to back this up, I can't show you any further."
Neil Cavuto cuts off White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for believing her words are too dangerous to hear.
Instead of letting us decide, he interprets her meaning to us, even with words she never said.
Fox News: We report and we decide (shut up and obey). pic.twitter.com/fDPfoNhVvM
– Tim Xeriland (@Xeriland) November 10, 2020
Cavuto's colleague Tucker Carlson jumped into the network for the move and said, "You can't just cut the coverage that you don't like."
TUCKER: "You can't just cut off the coverage that you don't like" pic.twitter.com/7wsDLc0evK
– Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 10, 2020
McEnany later replied that the idea of fighting electoral fraud "is a rationale and, in my opinion, it shouldn't be censored by the media, but should be said".
Subsequently, Fox News presenter Sandra Smith was caught on a hot microphone mocking a guest for commenting on allegations of election fraud and saying the media would not call the winner.
We are all Sandra 😂
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 9, 2020
“We love competition. We have always thrived with the competition, ”said Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox Corp., during an earnings call earlier this month.
He might get a chance to prove it.