That’s a phrase that I used to be anxious about utilizing two years in the past that I’m now not anxious about utilizing: radicalized. It stored arising in my interviews with Fox staffers, with sources who have been annoyed and keen to leak—they have been those who stored utilizing the phrase radicalized. Nevertheless it took me some time to come back round to it. Nevertheless it’s simple. The polling is there. The information is there. All of our experiences with viewers again it up.
In speaking with Fox staffers final fall and final winter, the worry was palpable: the worry of the viewers, the worry of shedding the viewers. I don’t wish to say it was debilitating for these staffers, nor do I wish to go away anybody off the hook. However producers stored saying to me, “We’re bleeding eyeballs,” and “Our viewers hate this.” I keep in mind one saying, “We’re scared,” and what he meant was, “We’re fearful of Newsmax and Netflix and all these locations that our viewers are retreating to.” That’s actual for these producers who solely know one factor, which is successful. That was yanked out from underneath them when Trump misplaced the election.
Now, with all of that mentioned, Fox has come again. The viewers has come house. No one for a minute ought to assume that Fox is in a markedly worse place than it was a yr in the past. It’s in a really sturdy place. Newsmax has come off of its excessive. They’re nonetheless taking a few of that viewers, however they’re not a serious risk. Trump went on Newsmax a pair weeks in the past and solely bought 300,000 viewers. Fox continues to be the beating coronary heart of the GOP, and that coronary heart is seemingly fairly secure and robust. I feel what occurred when Trump misplaced reveals the bottom’s refusal to listen to actuality. They don’t wish to watch the actual information. That was a hell of an expertise for these executives and anchors who have been torn between understanding Biden is president-elect versus desirous to fulfill demand for the Large Lie.
You write about Fox’s early name of Arizona for Biden, within the re-creation, and the livid response the community acquired. How would you fee the community’s election protection?