WASHINGTON - Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called "softball questions" at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: "Fox sure ain't what it used to be." After years of often fawning coverage by Fox, particularly from its pro-Trump anchors like Sean Hannity, the commander in chief appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a younger, more right-wing rival, cable outfit One America News Network (OANN). The small upstart broadcaster was launched only recently, in 2013, by technology millionaire Robert Herring, who sought a more conservative alternative to mainstream media behemoths like CNN. Today it seeks to outfox Fox by drawing extra attention from Trump, who has been voicing his displeasure with the ratings leader over everything from presidential polling to its hosting of Democratic candidate town halls. Last week in a tweet to his 63 million followers, the president managed to disparage Fox and his … [Read more...] about Is Trump’s love affair with Fox News fading?
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump criticized Fox News again Sunday in the latest hint that he is souring on what has been his favorite and most faithful news outlet. As part of a flurry of afternoon tweets, Trump took the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. "Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems," Trump wrote, alluding to the Fox interviewer. Trump added: "Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me." Trump again mocked Buttigieg, referring to him as Alfred E. Neuman, the goofy, gap-toothed cover boy with protruding ears of US humor magazine Mad. "Alfred E. Newman will never be president," Trump wrote, using a more … [Read more...] about News Trump attacks Fox News in latest sign of strain
Disney on Wednesday reported that its profit soared in the recently-ended quarter as it merged with 21st Century Fox. The entertainment titan said its net income was up 85 percent to $5.4 billion during the first three months of this year on revenue that rose three percent to $14.9 billion. The leap came despite a hit "Captain Marvel" film not matching the dizzying success of a "Black Panther" superhero movie release in the same period last year. Disney's coffers in the current quarter will benefit from Marvel superhero megahit "Avengers: Endgame," which has shattered movie box office records. "We're very pleased with our Q2 results and thrilled with the record-breaking success of 'Avengers: Endgame,'" said Walt Disney Company chief executive officer Robert Iger. Disney's fiscal year begins in October. Disney and Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" has stormed into historic territory, earning $2.19 billion worldwide in less than two weeks to become the No. 2 film of all time, according to … [Read more...] about Disney profit up as Fox joins the fold
Sinclair Broadcast Group said Friday it agreed to buy 21 regional sports television networks from Walt Disney Co. in a deal worth $10.6 billion. The regional sports networks were part the assets of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox sold to Disney in a blockbuster $71 billion deal completed earlier this year. Disney was required to sell off the sports broadcasters under an agreement with US antitrust regulators. The sports operations include local rights to 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League teams. It had some $3.8 billion in revenue and 74 million subscribers in 2018. Sinclair will merge the operations with its existing sports businesses including the Marquee Sports Network and Tennis Channel. "This is a very exciting transaction for Sinclair to be able to acquire highly complementary assets," said Chris Ripley, Sinclair's president and chief executive. "While consumer viewing habits have shifted, the … [Read more...] about Sinclair to pay Disney $10.6 bn for Fox regional sports networks
SAN FRANCISCO: US Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke attacked the close ties between Republican President Donald Trump and Fox News on Sunday (Apr 28), saying the White House has "free rein, almost" over what is broadcast on the cable television network.Democrats have long accused Fox of reporting that is biased in favour of the Republican Party and Trump. The president is an avid watcher of the network, and Sean Hannity, one of its stars, is an admirer of Trump and last year spoke at one of his rallies.Former Fox News executive Bill Shine became a communications official in the Trump White House in 2018, resigning the position in March to be an adviser on Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.Speaking at a campaign event in San Francisco, former Texas congressman O'Rourke, one of 20 candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, criticized the links between the Trump White House and an influential news network."You have members of the organization moving into the … [Read more...] about Democrat O’Rourke accuses Trump White House of dictating Fox News content