The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is underway in Orlando, Florida with a familiar assembly of asininnies on parade. Among them are thirty-six Republican members of the House of Representatives and ten GOP senators. These dutiful congressional swamp dwellers claimed that their absence from work was due to a “public health emergency.” And what better description is there of CPAC (aka the COVID Political Affliction Conference)?
This year’s event is particularly grotesque with panels scheduled to discuss “How Judges and Media Refused to Look at the Evidence [of voter fraud],” “The Left Pulled the Strings, Covered It Up,” and “How Government, Big Tech, and Media are Colluding to Deprive Us of Our Humanity,” They are diving head first into the Big Lie that Donald Trump and his political and press co-conspirators propagated about what he called a “stolen” election, despite having no evidence of it. It’s what led to the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, and, by all appearances, they are yearning for more of the same.
However, the speakers roster at CPAC is exhibiting a peculiar weakness in one respect. The cable “news” network that was most responsible for propping up Trump has been conspicuously downsized. Last lear CPAC featured Fox All Stars such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Katie Pavlich, and Mark Levin. But this year they the list is reduced to Sara Carter, Pete Hegseth, Larry Kudlow, Dan Bongino, Lawrence, Jones, and Jason Chaffetz. How many of those names will be recognizable to anyone but the most devoted Fox cultist?
This is likely due to the fact that Trump himself has turned against Fox. he has deemed Fox News “dead,” “unwatchable,” and “totally fake.” He even vowed to “wreck Fox News” for being insufficiently worshipful. So with Trump delivering the closing night keynote address, it simply wouldn’t do to have the network prominently represented at this affair. Never mind the Fox’s streaming service, Fox Nation, is one of the conference’s main sponsors, or that Fox News will still air much of the event live.
Will the conference attendees notice that there is no sign of Fox luminaries like Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Lou Dobbs, who was literally canceled a few weeks ago?
Perhaps the snubbing of Fox has something to do with the billion dollar defamation lawsuits filed by voting technology companies Dominion and Smartmatic that named Fox, as well as Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, and Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Or maybe shunning Fox News was to be expected since many of Trump’s glassy-eyed cult followers have been changing channels to even more extremist fringe outfits like Newsmax and One American News Network (OANN).
The bottom line is that Fox News is clearly on the outs with Trump and the Trump loyalists at CPAC. But that hasn’t changed the editorial dishonesty or the rabidly biased propaganda emanating from the network’s Trumpian personalities. In fact, Fox has been moving even farther to the right in a desperate attempt to stem the bleeding caused by fleeing viewers and sinking ratings. It’s a downward spiral that is sure to follow Trump in a descent into irrelevancy.
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