President Trump is not happy with Fox News and has not been for some time. He and his campaign team were reportedly furious the network called Arizona for Biden early and well before other networks.
“Fox has changed a lot,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Election Day. “Somebody said, What’s the biggest difference between this and four years ago? And I say Fox.”
“I’m not complaining. I’m just telling people,” Trump said before adding the dagger, “It’s one of the biggest differences this season compared to last.”
Trump has long been interested in launching a cable channel or some type of media company when he leaves office and according to a new report Trump has Fox in his crosshairs. (Arizona was called for Biden last night and Trump has not been winning his court cases [he is 0-12 right now in state courts] so recounts look to be his last shot and while anything is possible it is very rare for a recount to change as many votes as Trump needs. Georgia is doing a hand recount so that offers his best shot.)
Trump has a huge email and text message list and he just got 70 million votes so a new digital media company that bypasses cable, for now, could be an immediate threat to Fox News.
According to Axios, Trump may use recount rallies to promote the new venture and bash Fox: “He’s going to spend a lot of time slamming Fox.”
President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios.
The state of play: Some Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call (seconded by AP) of President-elect Biden’s win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.
“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions…
…Here’s Trump’s plan, according to the source:
There’s been lots of speculation about Trump starting a cable channel. But getting carried on cable systems would be expensive and time-consuming.
Instead, Trump is considering a digital media channel that would stream online, which would be cheaper and quicker to start.
Trump’s digital offering would likely charge a monthly fee to MAGA fans. Many are Fox News viewers, and he’d aim to replace the network — and the $5.99-a-month Fox Nation streaming service, which has an 85% conversation rate from free trials to paid subscribers — as their top destination.