Fox News Media cancels Lou Dobbs’ show

Fox News Media announced on Friday that it had canceled Lou dobbsLouis (Lou) Carl Dobbs Former Trump Press Assistant: We Went To Fox News ‘To Get What We Wanted’ Court Sets Smartmatic Firing Date for Giuliani, Bartiromo, Other Fox News Says Smartmatic Trial should be rejected MORE‘s show on Fox Business, ending the Top rated program on the company network.

Dobbs, a staunch ally of the ancient President TrumpDonald Trump Chile elects millennial who wants to tax the rich as new president On the day democracy nearly died, Trump said he would not impose a boycott of the Beijing Olympics MORE who promoted theories about voter fraud after his defeat last year, hosted the evening show for a decade.

A Fox News Media spokesperson confirmed the cancellation of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at The Hill, saying it was part of the programming changes that are “regularly” weighed.

“As we said in October, FOX News Media regularly reviews programming changes and plans have been put in place to launch new formats after the election, including on FOX Business – this is part of those planned changes. A new 5 pm schedule will be announced in the near future, ”the spokesperson said.

The show had aired twice a night, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST. Beginning Monday, the 5pm interim show will be called “Fox Business Tonight” and will be hosted on Monday and Tuesday by Jackie DeAngelis and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by David Asman. These programs will repeat at 7 p.m.

The announcement comes a day after Dobbs was named, along with other Fox hosts and pro-Trump lawyers, in a $ 2.7 billion lawsuit against voting technology company Smartmatic. The complaint specifically cited an unsubstantiated claim made on the Dobbs show that Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan strongman who died in 2013, participated in the falsification of Smartmatic devices to manipulate the vote in the US presidential election in the United States. ‘last year.

The claim was made by pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, who was also named in the lawsuit. Dobbs was also cited on the record for saying the nation faced “cyber Pearl Harbor” when discussing the disputed electoral fraud allegations.

“FOX News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and a clear opinion. We are proud of our coverage of the 2020 election and will vigorously defend this baseless lawsuit in court, ”Fox News Media said in a statement Thursday regarding the lawsuit.

Dobbs began hosting his Fox program in 2011 and rose to prominence under the Trump administration. The president and other White House officials appeared regularly in the program, which elevated the administration’s right-wing views on a range of topics, including immigration. Dobbs had also raised questions about the birthplace of former President Obama as part of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory.

Fox News had revamped its daytime programming in December as part of a larger reshuffle.

Fox News has fallen behind CNN and MSNBC in cable ratings as it fights for an audience with other conservative outlets like Newsmax and One America News Network. Trump and other prominent Republicans have started hammering Fox after he was the first cable to call Arizona for current President Biden in November.

While the projection was ultimately correct, Trump promoted Newsmax and OANN as alternatives to Fox over perceived levity.

Fox still has a strong cable presence and has just marked 19 years as the leader in ratings.

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