Trump turns his back on Fox and makes sweet eyes to a younger chain
“Fox, it’s clearly not what it was,” was recently indignant Donald Trump, in a tackle on his long-favorite channel, and that has made him well.
After years of romance, the American president seems in disenchantment, turning his gaze to a younger and more right channel: One America News Network (OANN).
This small channel was only launched in 2013 by a technology millionaire, Robert Herring, who sought to offer a more conservative option among media giants.
Since then, OANN has managed to win the favor of Donald Trump, who has again covered with praise last week by pinning, tweeting , Fox and his pet peeve CNN.
“Watching CNN’s fake news is better than watching Shepard Smith, the show at the lowest @FoxNews audiences. Moreover, as soon as possible, I put @OANN, “he had written on his account to 63 million subscribers, about one of the star presenters of the channel.
Since March, he retweeted articles of OANN or reported that he appreciated the chain more than a dozen times.
Much to the delight of its founder, “The President’s Favorite Channel,” he writes in the tweet pinned to Robert Herring’s Twitter profile.
And when Fox interrupted the broadcast of a Donald Trump campaign rally last week, the OANN boss tweeted, “We never stop !”
Thank you, “it’s very good”
Their relationship goes back a long way. As early as 2015, Mr. Trump was interviewed by John McCain’s former running mate for the Sarah Palin presidential election, co-presenting one of the shows, On Point .
Then at his first press conference as president, in January 2017, he gave a round of questions to OANN, then chosen, among much more renowned media, dozens of times during the daily press conferences of his spokespersons during his first 100 days in power.
And during his press conference after a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Donald Trump publicly praised the work of the channel by giving the floor to his White House correspondent, Emerald Robinson.
“Thank you for the kind way you treat us. We appreciate it, “he said. “Really, that’s fine. It’s very beautiful what you do. ”
Headquartered in San Diego, California, OANN does not abide by Nielsen’s benchmarking measures, which are benchmarks in the industry.
If it is defined as a chain of “pure information, no opinion”, its pro-Trump bias is obvious, had given in 2017 to the Washington Post more than a dozen employees and former employees.
Accused of relaying conspiracy theories, OANN also tends to cast a “anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-abortion tone to its reporting,” says Media Matters, a media observatory marked left.
Despite his criticisms, Donald Trump has not yet completely detached from Fox, which he faithfully follows the morning show Fox & Friends , which he is not uncommon that he participates, by phone or interview improvised in front of the White House.
Often when he surprises by evoking topics to the debottled, the show spoke about it in the morning.
Some links are strong: one of the big names of Fox, Sean Hannity, had intervened at the same time as Donald Trump during a campaign rally for the mid-term elections of 2018.
But in the run-up to the presidential election, Donald Trump publicly annoyed Fox television-related TV meetings with several Democratic candidates who hope to challenge him in November 2020.
“Hard to believe @FoxNews spoils airtime for” Pete Buttigieg, the young mayor of South Bend, Indiana, fifth in polls for the Democratic primary, had tweeted in May. “Fox is going more and more to the losing side [bad] by covering the Democrats.”
The polls conducted by Fox News for the presidential election also have the gift of annoying him. The Republican has seen its popularity drop to 43% in mid-August, the same poll giving him losing in possible duels with the main Democratic candidates.
At the end of July, he was amazed: Fox’s polls “always treated me badly”.