“Fox has never seen competition like this,” CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “There is demand for a fictional universe…. Reliable news sources are mostly moving on to cover President-elect Biden. There is an entire constellation of websites and talk shows that are in denial just like Trump.”
However, this weekend, Trump continued to promote Fox News and the hosts he admires, including Jesse Watters, Jeanine Ferris Pirro and Sean Hannity, all of whom have sown doubt about the election results. He also tweeted that people should watch his lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s Fox appearances.
TV anchors are getting pressured by viewers in ways that never happened in the 80s or 90s, Julie Roginsky, former Fox News contributor and Democratic strategist, noted on “Reliable Sources.”
“That has a tremendous influence on the information that you receive,” she said.
“Donald Trump has actually become more important to these people than what they’re watching on TV,” Roginsky said. “It is a drug,” she said. “They’re literally giving a drug to their viewers.”
Right-wing media viewers are searching for people to tell them what they want to hear, said former ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson.
“It doesn’t have to be a Hannity,” he said. “Someone will supply them with a false narrative that does not exist.”