Once upon a time back in 2016, the Drudge Report had nearly 1.5 billion (with a ‘B’) monthly webpage views. Last month, he had only 1.2 million (with an ‘M’). By selling out to the Trump-hating left and Google, Matt Drudge chopped three zeroes and change off of his monthly webpage views. The highly converged, leftward-drifting Fox News looks like it has decided to go the way of the Drudge Report as well.
I’ve lost track of the number of people who told me they had to switch over to CNN on election night, because Fox’s coverage was so terrible. Fox has turned into the modern-day Dan Rather of election coverage. Are you listening, Fox News? Your audience is furious with you because your coverage was worse than CNN’s.
Throughout election night, Fox News continuously called states immediately for Joe Biden, while dragging things out for hours before declaring obvious Trump victories. When the polls closed on the East Coast, Fox instantly called Virginia, Rhode Island and Maine for Joe Biden. But Donald Trump led in all of those states until about 2 a.m. the next morning. His lead in Virginia was enormous for several hours. But three hours before the polls would close on the West Coast, Fox News had declared Biden the clear, undisputed winner of those states.
Meanwhile, they waited… and waited… and waited… as Trump’s lead continued to pull away from Biden in Florida. Even Mark Steyn, who is a regular contributor on Fox News, started ripping on the network. When they finally did call Florida for Trump, late in the evening, Steyn correctly observed that Ohio had become the new Florida. And the waiting started all over again for Ohio, even though it was clear to the entire world that Trump had won there.
The final straw on election night was when Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden way early. It’s days later as of this writing, and we still don’t know Arizona’s final vote tally. Not to mention, Arizona was a state that Donald Trump carried by a wide margin in 2016.
One of the main culprits in Fox News’ villainy is their disgusting “Decision Desk.” For those who don’t know, the leader of the Fox News Decision Desk is a guy named Arnon Mishkin. He’s a registered Democrat. He voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and donated heavily to the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008. That is the guy running the Fox News Decision Desk.
Many of us had forgotten about the big blow-up at Fox News back in 2012 because of their Decision Desk. Mishkin’s team of Democrat election-callers, which has been ensconced there for a long time, called Ohio for Barack Obama in the 2012 election, after Obama barely managed to crawl ahead of Mitt Romney by 900 votes. Megyn Kelly – may her journalism career rest in peace – and other Fox anchors were so shocked by the early call that there was a blow-up on the set. Megyn Kelly got up from the anchor desk and marched across the building to try to figure out what the hell was wrong with them.
Obama had a slight lead for the first time that night and there were hundreds of thousands of outstanding Ohio votes when the Decision Desk Democrats called the race for him. Arizona in 2020 was a repeat of that.
Most Americans would probably agree that no state should ever be called before the results are in. Exit polls are notoriously wrong. Remember 2004? George W. Bush would have lost that election to John Kerry based on the exit polls. But when the actual votes were counted, he clearly won.
Back in 2000, the troubles in Florida started when CNN called the state for Al Gore – before the polls in the heavily-Republican Florida panhandle had even closed. A lot of Republican voters in Florida stayed home because of that call, and it led to the hanging chads scandal, endless recounts and a Supreme Court order to stop the endless recounts in Democrat strongholds.
The only thing that remains watchable on Fox News are Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo. If they left the network tomorrow, what audience would Fox News even have left? Especially now that they’ve basically turned into MSNBC and CNN in all of their news coverage.
Are you listening, Fox News? We hate you. A lot. You’ve betrayed your core audience, just like Matt Drudge did. You’d better start to get your act together before you lose all of us.