Andrew Selepak Comments on President Trump and Watching Fox News
Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication lecturer and coordinator of the online master’s program with a specialization in social media, was quoted in “Donald Trump’s New Year’s Resolution – Give up Fox News” published in Newsweek on Jan. 1.
The article focuses on President Trump’s relationship with Fox News and how it has become strained since his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. He and many of his supporters are now turning to alternative news sources.
According to Selepak, “The president will probably continue to watch Fox News after leaving office. At 74-years-old, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would start a new television network. But it is very likely that Donald Trump would make a deal with an existing network not to become a regular host or even contributor, but to have a platform to influence the political landscape over the next four years.”
“While Donald Trump’s positions on issues have often fluctuated over the years, one thing we do know about him is he rewards loyalty. By not championing Trump’s legal challenges to the election, Fox went out of favor with the President,” said Selepak.
“Trump’s attacks on Fox News are more saber-rattling than anything else” he said. “Fox still has a larger overall audience than Newsmax, Blaze, or OAN, and Trump has loyal followers as hosts on Fox like Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade, so he will most likely continue to appear on Fox because it allows him to reach a larger audience.”