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Fox News claims it is heading towards the “center”. This show is not.
Roy Rochlin / Getty As Fox News tries to determine its place in a post-Trump media landscape, the network has claimed it is moving “center-right.” A laughable claim, critics say – a claim easily refuted by far-right prime-time Fox screeds, but also by the change in tone of a key midday talk show. a gimmicky “one lucky man” referred to as the sole male panelist), has always straddled Fox’s increasingly fuzzy line dividing his “hard news” and opinion wings. But the show has long given a nod to its “fair and balanced” credentials by featuring a lone liberal expert among its rotating panel. However, in recent months, and as Fox grappled with a drop in ratings – at least in part due to the abandonment of MAGA die-hards. after his press office made specific election night calls for Joe Biden – the midday talk show appears to have benched two key Liberal regulars in Marie Harf and Jessica Tarlov. voice and give more prominent placement to fiery provocateurs like Tomi Lahren. The resulting show is one that, like much of Fox’s programming, now seems focused on highlighting the conservative grievances of the era’s culture and war. A staff member told The Daily Beast while evaluating the new tone of the midday show, especially in light of the network overhauling much of its programming to add more hours of right-wing opinion commentary . elsewhere on the network – notably came almost immediately after an intense skirmish on the air in early December between Harf and the permanent host of the program Harris Faulkner on the program coverage of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. COVID Death CoverageHarf, a former Obama State Department official, challenged Faulkner on Outnumbered after spending nearly a full hour talking about five-year-old Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell, about erasing with a spy alleged Chinese, or complaining about coronavirus-related indoor dining restrictions, while giving the United States just 20 seconds of air, topping 3,000 daily COVID-19 deaths for the first time. it was “offensive” that the liberal panelist “took a picture over there”. The host further berated her colleague, “You can’t see my heart and trust me when I tell you that it hurts us all to mourn these Americans and people all over the world.” Prior to Faulkner’s explosion with Harf, the liberal Fox News Contributor had appeared on 11 of the previous 24 shows in greater numbers and rotated to appear at least twice a week. Jessica Tarlov, another outnumbered regular panelist, had appeared four times during the same period and had been on a weekly rotation with the show. Following the December 10 airing, however, Harf and Tarlov were withdrawn from any future reservation. on Outnumbered, according to two sources close to the situation. And since then, no woman has returned to the show. The only left-wing panelists to appear on the noon-day show are now radio host Leslie Marshall, a self-proclaimed “centrist” Democrat and Johanna Maska, a former Obama spokesperson who served on the panel last week. . Fox News host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, a self-proclaimed libertarian, also remains a staple of the show. Otherwise, the show increasingly appears to rely on fiery conservative culture warriors like MAGA youth leader Charlie Kirk, reactionary podcaster Dave Rubin, failed congressional candidate Kim Klacik and – much to the chagrin of Fox staff members who spoke with The Daily Beast – Tomi Lahren. Often hateful tweets (some of which have been publicly berated by his own colleagues), and for being fired by Glenn Beck – suddenly became a routine presence on Outnumbered. at least 18 times on Outnumbered, co-hosting at least twice a week. Given that his commentary and debate style is more at home in Fox’s decidedly right-wing prime-time viewing, some Fox News staff consider his new rise to be mind-blowing. “It’s an absolute joke and further proof that the show shouldn’t be taken. seriously, ”said a current Fox employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation from management. “When I was hired, I was told that [Lahren] would never be on legitimate shows like Outnumbered or The Five, that she was just Fox Nation. I am as confused as everyone. Tomi has no credibility, no summary of experience other than derogatory yelling on the internet. Another Fox staff member suggested Lahren is a logical choice to spice up the network’s daytime programming amid declining ratings. “She’s good at stirring the pot… whatever it takes these days,” the employee said. “Fox loves the rates.” Can Tomi Lahren continue to fail? Fox ‘Hard News’ Show buys GOP’s ‘fascinating’ effort to steal elections as the network acts, including programming choices that include adding two more hours of right-wing commentary in the 7:00 a.m. afternoon and 11 p.m. – indicates a definitive far-right shift to solidify MAGA’s hardcore conservative base, Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch sort of insisted otherwise earlier this month. , that’s where we should be targeted. We don’t need to go any further, ”he said while touting the company’s advertising revenue gains. “We don’t think America is further to the right, and obviously we’re not going to pivot to the left. All of our major competitors are on the far left. However, after the election last November, the whole calculation of Fox News programming changed. Disgruntled pro-Trump viewers dropped out of the network en masse following Fox’s anticipated call from Arizona for President Joe Biden on election night, a move that put the brakes on the President’s plan. time, Donald Trump, of falsely declaring victory. —Fox has since witnessed a rebound and recently returned to number one in prime time – the network has made a concerted effort to win back MAGA loyalists by focusing more directly on conservative opinion and the battles between culture and war. A key part of that change included his hard news broadcasts devoting ample time to discuss and amplify the opinion monologues delivered the night before by famous Fox pro-Trump firefighters Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. The former 7 p.m. show The Story was beaten on a January evening face-to-face in Newsmax ratings, the upstart cable release that appealed directly to disgruntled Fox viewers by openly adopting Trump’s “stolen” bogus electoral ploy. MacCallum’s loss to Newsmax’s Greg Kelly in the key advertising demographics of viewers aged 25 to 54 scared network bosses “in their hearts,” staff members told The Daily Beast at the time. Fox’s overt right turn towards combat ranking issues. “It’s a complete joke,” a Fox News insider told The Daily Beast. “They don’t even try to have a fair discussion anymore.” “The symbolic liberal was there only for the spectacle”, concluded this person. “Liberal opinion was only as useful to them as a tee ball to tee ball to get the rest of the gang to get hits their home crowd wants to hear.” Now, in their desperation to keep audiences on the run, they’re too afraid to have any opposing views on the show, lest more people will click on Newsmax. Diana Falzone was a camera and digital reporter for FoxNews.com from 2012 to 2018. In May 2017, she filed a lawsuit for gender discrimination and disability against the network and settled down and has left the company in March 2018. Learn more about The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.