Donald Trump Jr., eldest son of the former Commander-in-Chief, voiced his concerns about Fox News’ alleged efforts to “muzzle” ardent supporters of Donald Trump in the aftermath of the recent GOP presidential primary debate in Milwaukee. The younger Trump believes this behavior is an attempt by Fox News to bolster establishment candidates over grassroots-supported alternatives.
Drawing a correlation between Fox’s dwindling viewership and the recent success of a Trump interview, Donald Trump Jr. pointed out, “The very reason their ratings are on a downward slope, is because my father’s recent chat with Tucker Carlson has skyrocketed to 93 million views!” This statement was in reference to the former president’s interaction with the ex-Fox News anchor, Tucker Carlson, which was broadcast on platform ‘X’.
Lending weight to Trump Jr.’s claim, Jack Posobiec, a staunch Trump supporter, mentioned in a post that, “Fox News instructed security to bar Don Jr. and Kim Guilfoyle from the post-debate spin room as they tried to make an entrance post-debate.”
The senior Trump’s decision to pass on the debate certainly stirred the pot. A memo sourced by The Hill stipulated that Fox News had made it clear to campaigns that only representatives of participating candidates would be given access to the spin room – a significant location where candidates’ allies attempt to influence media narratives post-debate.
Perhaps in a strategic move, the former president chose to go live with his Carlson interview on ‘X’, right as the GOP debate was about to start on Fox News. This discussion, hosted at Trump’s scenic golf course in Bedminster, NJ, touched on a variety of topics. From discussing the current administration under President Joe Biden and the indictments facing Trump, to delving into the mystery surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s death and the future of electric vehicles.
By Thursday, the interview’s viewership metrics were nothing short of staggering, amassing over 200 million “views” on ‘X’.
In the dynamic realm of politics and media, it’s evident that competition for viewership is fierce. As debates and interviews unfold, one thing’s for certain: every move is calculated, and the battle for the audience’s attention is far from over.