It now seems that Fox News is losing the support of many conservatives. On Thursday, talking head Andrea Tantaros said on “Outnumbered” that an ad featuring a nude photo of Melania Trump was posted by a super PAC connected to GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Tantaros was not the only one on the network who made the connection between the two. Greta van Susteren also tried to make the connection on Twitter.
“Candidates love their supporting SuperPacs but then when SuperPacs go off rails, say ‘I didn’t do it,'” she tweeted. But conservatives now say the network is not being truthful in its reporting of the issue.
Nathan Wurtzel, for example, corrected van Susteren’s tweet. “Hi Greta, I am part of the SuperPAC in question,” he tweeted. “He didn’t do it.”
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity has also said the PAC responsible for the ad was pro-Cruz, and later backed off, admitting his mistake. “Earlier, I said a pro-Cruz PAC pushed the Melania ad,” he tweeted. “Incorrect, the group has no affiliation with Cruz & as I said, Cruz condemned it.”
But, RedState said, “the damage has already been done” as many Trump supporters believe Cruz is responsible for the ad. Worse yet, in the eyes of many in the pro-Trump camp, their candidate’s attacks on Heidi Cruz are justified.
Several Fox News talking heads have suggested with a wink and a nod that Cruz is somehow connected to the super PAC. Providing no evidence whatsoever for the innuendo, they simply say it happened because everybody “knows” such collusion takes place.
But as conservative radio host Mark Levin explained, such collusion is strictly forbidden by federal law. Moreover, both Cruz and the PAC have said the Texas Republican had nothing to do with the ad.
On Thursday’s edition of “Special Report,” Fox’s Doug McKelway finally said the ad was put together by an anti-Trump PAC, but went on to repeat the claim that Cruz refuses to disavow it. But there’s only one problem — Cruz disavowed the ad and called it “inappropriate” over 24 hours before the segment aired.
When Fox News first came on the scene, many conservatives flocked to it, seeing it as a viable center-right alternative to the so-called “mainstream media.” But many now say the network has become little more than a propaganda arm for Donald Trump. In response, a number say they will no longer watch Fox News.
“It’s time to use your TV’s child blocking feature on the Fox News Channel,” said one reader at the conservative Right Scoop. “It is no longer a safe place for your family to get information.”
“Trying to keep up with Fox’s lies is like trying to keep up with Trump lies,” another person said. “It has nothing to do with truth, but a constant smear campaign by Fox.”