Former president Donald Trump is allegedly considering founding a new conservative media network in an effort to combat ‘fake news,’ as reported by personal friend of Trump’s, Dinesh D’Souza.
D’Souza said, in a speech given at the Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, “He goes, ‘Dinesh, what do you think I should do after the Presidency?’… and I said: ‘well, Mr Trump, I think you should start a network. Not a cable channel, not a talk radio on tv– a lifestyle network more like CBS.” D’Souza further explains why he should start his own network, saying “Most importantly, you already have the audience! So you would have half of the country– let everybody else fight over the other half! It’s a great opportunity!” However, Trump himself has, instead, hinted that this plan will be less of an ‘opportunity to reach conservatives’ and more of a ‘tactic to take down fake news.’ Nonetheless, with the question raised, many are wondering if a ‘MAGA-fied’ news network is going to appear on their TVs and/or smartphones anytime soon.
President Trump, especially recently, has expressed a strong disappointment for the supposedly ‘conservative-friendly’ news network Fox News. Trump, on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, claimed that the network “has changed a lot.” Expanding, Mike Allen of Axios even noted, “he’s going to spend a lot of time slamming Fox.” A large reason for this is likely related to Fox News’ early calling of battleground states, like Arizona, during the 2020 election, supposedly swaying the results in a certain direction. As a result of this event along with previous concerns, the Trump inner-circle has some bad blood with their former media ally.
President Trump, if he were to follow through with this plan, would already have such a massive audience in his populist crowd of right-wing Republicans. However, others have not been as thrilled about the Trump team’s aspirations, many claiming that such a source would further political divide and expand misinformation. Many have described President Trump’s rhetoric as “flamboyant” and/or “exaggerated,” making them worry about a media source run entirely on that idea. Fox News’ CEO Lachlan Murdoch has even commented, encouraging Trump’s challenge, as he said: “We love competition. We have always thrived with competition. … Fox News has been the number one network, including broadcast networks, … from Labor Day through to Election Day.”
ARTICLE: CARSON WOLF
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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