Limbaugh unloads on Fox News for betraying its base: ‘You don’t turn on the people who got you where you are’
Conservative host Rush Limbaugh unloaded on Fox News Monday on his nationally syndicated radio show for turning its back on their base. Fox News has recently come under fire for showing bias towards Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, calling Arizona very, very early for the Democrat. They also called the presidential election early-on for Biden.
Limbaugh started off with: “There’s a key rule I’ve always believed in media, which is what I’m in. I’m in talk radio. And it actually goes back to the William Holden quote here in that movie, The Wild Bunch.”
“You do not turn on your base. You do not turn on your audience, unless you’ve had some kind of — you just don’t — you don’t do it for the sake of the approval of your enemies. You don’t turn on the people who got you where you are because you would rather be friends with other people. You just don’t do it. And that appears to be what’s happened here,” Rush continued.
Fox News for many years has led in the media ratings because they have appealed to their conservative viewer base. Lately, the network has veered towards the liberal side of politics and many in their audience are turning off the network and moving to other media outlets such as NewsMax, TheBlaze, The Daily Caller, and The Daily Wire.
Limbaugh went on to explain to his audience what Fox News has done to itself:
“We’ve got Donna Brazile all over the place. We’ve got everybody on a talking head interview, half of them or more are New York Times or Washington Post Democrat media people. The Arizona call. Some even think the Chris Wallace debate think is an anti-Trump move. But, you know, throughout all of this, the media can’t turn talk radio, can they? The media has been desperate to blow up talk radio and Fox News. They’ve wanted to blow up Fox News ever since Fox News was founded and created. And they’ve wanted to blow talk radio up since before that.”
“They’ve wanted to destroy me and my character and that of anybody else who hosts a talk radio program. Why is it do you think — it looks like they may be having some success now in blowing up Fox. I mean, you’ve got the wife of one of the Murdoch brothers tweeting out: We did it, we did it, we got rid of Trump, we did it. It was Lachlan Murdoch’s wife. So it looks like they may be succeeding in turning portions of Fox against its base.”
“Let me tell you something, folks. If the people running Fox succeed in destroying the distinction that Fox has from the rest of the media, they’re gonna destroy Fox. If they are successful in taking away from Fox the things that distinguish it and make it appear different from the rest of the Drive-By Media, what do you think’s gonna happen?”
“The reason they have not been able to do this with talk radio is we do not stab our audience in the back. We do not turn on our base. We remain principled and consistent. From me on down to everybody who does this on the conservative side, we are not apologetic. We do not seek the approval of people that don’t like us. It’s very strange how no one has figured out why it is that talk radio remains powerful, popular, unassailable. It’s not difficult at all, if you know where to look.”
Rush made a correction concerning the Murdoch brothers: “I got my Murdoch brothers reversed. It’s James Murdoch’s wife who tweeted: We did it. We did it. We got rid of Trump. I said it was Lachlan’s wife, and I think it was James Murdoch’s wife. Story is that Lachlan Murdoch is conservative. That’s the story.”
Fox’s ratings have plummeted lately as viewers bail the once perceived conservative network. President Trump has taken note of it.
.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
Trump has retweeted a dozen different accounts that have promoted conservative networks as alternatives to Fox News. He also used a tweet to suggest to his favorite hosts – Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham – that they should quit “while there is time.” Ostensibly, they would find a home on Trump’s network along with Fox’s conservative viewership.