A short addtion for today. I was looking at a few different news sites today for any election news (there’s a lot!) and I came upon this at Fox News at the bottom of the page:
Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting.
Hmm. I know I’ve read some interesting commentary in the last few days about fox and the election. There was the story about Brett Baier’s innocuous “join us tonight” tweet that received 10’s of thousands of “no thanks” responses and the tweet was subsequently deleted. Of course, on Twitter, a lot of faithful Fox viewers are no longer based on their performance during election night and subsequently. Cutting away from Kayleigh McEnany’s press briefing because she was commenting on voter fraud, which Fox said at the time, any allegations were unsubstantiated.
Of course, there have been stories, as of Monday, I think (Nov. 9) that have claimed Fox viewership has dropped dramatically – at least over the weekend. I don’t know if that will hold up or not. Suffice to say there are a lot of pissed-off former Fox News fans, at least online. One particular clip on FNC I saw was from Tucker Carlson, who in the clip was highly critical of the media over the election. I thought this might get him fired. I went and listed to the full monologue (23 minutes!) and I can see where a few of his colleagues might be upset with what he said. I was reminded though that Tucker is FNC’s largest draw overall. So, it’s probably unlikely they’ll drop him. But then, stranger things have happened.
So, I just guessing that the quote above is something instituted temprarily, until all the angry Fox viewers have settled down. I mean, I can understand not wanting to moderate thousands of negative comments. It’s also in my opinion, cowardly. They could address their viewers concerns, anger, directly on air and be done with it forever.
Doubling down, which I hear from other sources is what they have been doing, is stupid.