Following their dubious decision to call the presidential election for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Fox News ratings have reportedly taken a swan dive into third place.
According to The Epoch Times, Fox closed out the week of the election with ratings far below their typically feeble liberal competitors MSNBC and CNN.
The Epoch Times reports:
Fox News placed third on Saturday with 1.73 million viewers, CNN came in the top spot with 4.2 million viewers, and MSNBC came in second place with 3 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed victory on Saturday and said he would try to be a unifier.
During Election Night on Nov. 3, Fox News easily led in ratings, beating both CNN and MSNBC.
Fox’s Election Day coverage had 14.1 million viewers during prime time on Nov. 3, far ahead of CNN with 9.4 million viewers and MSNBC, which had 7.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Fox News trailed CNN and was neck-in-neck with MSNBC on Thursday night, according to Nielsen. On Wednesday, the day after Election day, CNN beat Fox News by about 800,000 viewers.
Though the outlet has not officially stated the cause for its dip in ratings, the Times predicts that Fox News’ apparent eagerness to call Arizona for Biden—even while hundreds of thousands of ballots had yet to be counted—may have had something to do with it.
Although votes are still being counted and legal challenges have been filed in Arizona, The Associated Press followed Fox’s lead, calling the race for Biden hours later.
Last week, the Arizona Republican Party and Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh called on Fox News and AP to withdraw their “hasty” call for Biden.
In addition to the Arizona debacle, Fox drew sharp criticism when host Neil Cavuto cut away from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s press conference regarding legal challenges and allegations of voter fraud.
Fox News cuts out of McEnany
Cavuto: "Whoa, whoa, whoa. I just think we have to be very clear: she's charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting, unless she has more details to back that up, I can't in good countenance continue to show you this." pic.twitter.com/0koLBJasl9
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) November 9, 2020
“Woah, woah, woah, I just think we have to be very clear,” Cavuto interjected while McEnany was still talking. “She’s charging the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.”
Since when do journalists and anchors censor statements from officials from their viewers because they don’t have the “details” to back up what they’re saying?
How would a viewer even know if McEnany lacked said details without viewing the press conference?!
If you’ve spent any amount of time watching cable news, you’ll know that it is quite normal for an anchor or commentator to play a clip or live statements and give you their reaction afterwards.
Fox News seems to have shown their real colors starting in November 3, 2020, and their viewers didn’t take long to catch on.
This is exactly why millions of Americans are rejecting mainstream media, and why Trump’s criticism of such outlets has always resonated so well with viewers.
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