Fox Goes Cold On Trump: Last Holdout Largely Stops Airing Full Rallies

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: A clip of President Donald Trump's Thursday press conference is played on 'Fox And Friends', seen on a monitor outside of the Fox News studios, on February 17, 2017 in New York City. Presi... NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: A clip of President Donald Trump's Thursday press conference is played on 'Fox And Friends', seen on a monitor outside of the Fox News studios, on February 17, 2017 in New York City. President Trump, a frequent consumer and critic of cable news, recently tweeted that Fox and Friends is 'great'. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 11, 2018 8:12 am
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Joining its peers MSNBC and CNN, Fox News has stopped regularly carrying President Donald Trump’s full campaign rallies, opting to stick with scheduled programming as fewer viewers tune in for his often long and repetitive stump speeches.

According to a Wednesday Politico report, Fox has mostly started following the other networks’ lead, slotting clips from the rallies into its shows.

This has reportedly worried both Trump allies and Republican candidates, as both groups want the airtime and exposure even more than usual, with the midterms just a few weeks away.

For Fox, it all seems to come down to ratings and economics. If the shows get better ratings than his rallies, they’ll stick with the shows. Also, per Politico, Fox can’t interrupt the President’s speeches to cut to commercial, creating a financial incentive to stick to the schedule.

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