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.