Conservative Investors Discussing An Alternative To Fox News…?
First off, a couple of disclaimers. First, the story broke on Mediaite. Second, behold our old friend, Unnamed Reliable Sources. So prepare the salt.
Now—I love it when people do exactly what I say they should do. Mind you, I’m not…uh, quite conceited enough to think these bigwigs read my stuff, and take my words to heart. I just mean, it makes me feel good inside, that—if this story’s to be believed—our side’s doing exactly what it should do, at least in this case:
A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network.
“Underperforming conservative networks”. That intrigues me, folks. Is Glenn Beck in on this, and will The Blaze take part in this new enterprise? What about Mark Levin and Co, with CRTV? Or Newsmax?
Almost certainly One America News Network’s under serious consideration—the most “pre-established structure”, with the glossiest production values. It just needs a move out of the high-number super-expensive ‘advanced’ packages, to reach the mainstream.
At any rate, it looks like some kind of “merger”, to make something new…something big. Something that picks up the pieces:
The potential aim? Putting “the old band” back together. There are certainly plenty of (out-of-work?) conservative powerhouses to pick from that could star on a new network, and perhaps even some executives from within Fox News who might be lured by the new opportunity. Could the new channel include stars like the ousted Bill O’Reilly, who didn’t waste much time hitting the podcast waves after he was fired amid a sexual harassment scandal? Could Tomi Lahren, the conservative mega star, who was recently sidelined at The Blaze also take on a prominent role? The exact “who” won’t be clear until the deal is more defined but the source says the pitch is that the network could immediately reach at least 85 million homes.
Now, that last one excites me. “Immediately reach at least 85 million homes”. So we’ve got that out of the way, thank heaven.
Meanwhile…back at Fox, rumors swill about co-president Bill Shine’s running into problems with the Murdoch sons. New York Magazine’s Gabe Sherman reported on this, prompting Sean Hannity to tweet:
“Gabe, I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of FNC as we know it. Done. Best, Sean.”
Speculation commences: Will Sean resign in protest? If so…
“I just don’t see Fox News and Sean having a long relationship. If Sean becomes available, you have 100 percent turnover in primetime and a huge opportunity,” a television executive, who didn’t want to be identified, but is involved in some of the talks, told Mediaite.
Well…! Here we go. All I know is, if all this happens, we’re looking at some overcrowding, here. Fox News looks like it’s moderating. MSNBC may or may not get some balance. CNN’s a mess, and won’t last much longer unless it gets some new management of its own, to clean house and shake it all up. And with a new Conservative channel…geez.
But with that out of the way—when?
“I’m working on it (the new conservative channel) hot and heavy,” the source said. “It’s live, it’s real.” The new channel could come to fruition within the next 10 to 12 months, the executive said.
I’m certainly looking forward to the future here, folks. We’re going in the right direction. Now, maybe if these investors could fund an entertainment channel, next…?
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Eric was raised by Conservative Christian parents, but first became especially passionate about politics in high school, through reading up on economic theory. He also first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged around this time, for the ARI's essay contests. He now owns a great deal of Ayn Rand's work. Also included in his library are the collected works of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, etc.
Eric is no stranger to writing commentary, as the writer of the Conservative Considerations column on CampCampaign.com, and as a film critic and commentator on FlickRev.com. He has also carried on the Conservative tradition of talk radio commentary, as the host of "Avengers of America" for the USF student radio station, Bulls Radio. In the meantime, he is practicing what he preaches: Striving to enter the professional realm of Hollywood, he has already written and directed short films for the Campus MovieFest, which can be found on his YouTube channel, Hard Boiled Entertainment.