when Joe Biden Taking the oath of office as president on January 20, viewers of news channels could witness one of the most dramatic 180-degree shifts in history.
After four years of promotion to slavery for the president, Fox News The brakes are expected to be pumped within seconds of the opening ceremony.
Suddenly, the person in the White House is not a Republican. Moreover, the network can no longer count on the willingness of the president or his aides to contact Fox News at any time of the day or night.
The right-wing TV channel, big name and host Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, will spend the next four years as an opposition party. The network has done it before, of course – the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency weren’t long ago – but Biden presents a different challenge.
Said Heather Hendershot, a professor of film and media at MIT who studies conservative and right-wing media.
“ In the past they vehemently attacked Hillary Clinton not only because she was a liberal, but there was clearly some sexism and misogyny lurking out there – and clearly the fact that Barack Obama was African American was central to the right’s attacks on him, either implicitly or explicitly, Including Fox News. “
This does not mean that the Biden government will flee the attack, even if it flees from the worst.
Kamala Harris would be the first black vice president, and she could become a target for Fox News hosts. If the Democrats won Twice run-off elections for the Senate in GeorgiaThe Senate would be split 50-50, and Harris would cast the decisive vote.
“[If that happens] “You’ll be front and center as a watershed in Congress over and over,” Hendershot said.
And every time that happens, it’s a way to casually attack Biden – it gives [Fox News and other rightwing outlets] Kind of “red meat” to attack Kamala Harris, because she is a woman and a colorful personality. “
Biden claims He has nominated the “most diverse cabinet ever declared by anyone in American history,” with Janet Yellen appointed as the first female Secretary of the Treasury, while Lloyd Austin, if confirmed, would be the first black Secretary of Defense.
Pete Buttigieg, an occasional guest on Fox News, is set to be the first openly gay cabinet minister as head of transportation.
Fox News has already attacked a variety of other Democrats: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and other non-white female members of Congress.
Matthew Geertz, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a media watchdog, said the topic has continued to dominate, even since Biden became president-elect.
“Much of what we’re seeing now is less focus on Joe Biden himself and more of this idea that he will somehow be a puppet of other characters who find it easy to attack – whether it’s Kamala Harris or Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Geertz said.
“This is an angle they have followed a lot during the campaign, and that’s something they focused on while moving on as well.”
Fox News is credited with helping support the growth of the Tea Party movement in 2010, which was the fringe right’s first way to gain more influence in the Republican Party.
The US Consulate attack in Benghazi in 2012 became a long-running story on Fox News, even after the administration acquitted – By the Republican-controlled House of Representatives Committee – From any violation.
“We’ve seen to some extent how this will happen. Looking back in 2009 and 2010, the early years of the Obama administration were marked by a lot of Fox News’ incredibly frantic commentary and conspiracy mentality. I think it’s likely an area,” Geertz said. They are happy to return to it. “
“It is likely to be the source of the scandals that we saw during the Obama administration – essentially a return to coverage of Benghazi, where the network takes a news event and spends months and months and years and years reflecting on it, telling its audience that the Democratic administration is the source of the horrific actions.”
It is clear that the shift from supporting one president to opposing the next president is not unprecedented.
More liberal news networks had seen something similar when Trump was elected in 2016 – although CNN and MSNBC have never been the same Obama semi-propaganda groups as Fox News to Trump.
However, after Trump’s victory, more liberal news organizations saw a rise in popularity and an increase in viewership.
Saw MSNBC and CNN Double digit growth Watching the numbers after Trump’s victory, while Atlantic, New Yorker and ProPublica Saw each payment In the readers. Fox News declined to comment, but a spokeswoman referred to Nielsen’s ratings showing that the network is consistently the most watched cable news channel.
Hendershot said Fox News could see a similar benefit to its left-leaning competitors once it clashes with the White House.
“ Politicized media, whether in magazines or opinion, smaller ones like [left-leaning] Nation or [conservative] “The National Review, or a larger like Fox News, tends to be financially prosperous the greater their opposition,” Hendershot said.
“They will have to increase their opposition, by virtue of the fact that Biden is the president – and at the same time they can have their cake and eat it too, so that they don’t lose Trump as a story because he will continue to promote himself, inaccurately, as a true president in exile.”
“So they might do well financially and politically, because they can not only attack Biden, but they can also swing hard at Kamala Harris, and they can also continue writing the Trump story, trying to satisfy that rule, because Trump is not going to go.”