With the move toward cord cutting, I’ve made some changes in where I look for news and what shows I watch. One really nice factor has been the ability to skip stories that are not of interest, and to get news on my schedule, not by appointment. One disappointment has been the lack of Fox News.
Over time that may resolve. When the final “cut” comes, in about 8 months, I expect to get some replacement service on a paid basis. Something like Sling TV, or Playstation Vue or similar. That may include Fox, in which case this problem resolves. But assuming it doesn’t, I’ve been looking at alternatives for a conservative voice.
Newsmax does a pretty good job of it. It is on the ROKU, so I’ve been watching it. (Right now, J.D. Hayworth is on. A former congressman, he has a news-opinion show) It looks like the same show directly from the internet as a live feed here (they have two sites, text linked above and this one):
Yesterday they had a “poll question” being asked, which they just repeated today: “Do you think Bill O’Reilly should return to cable news?”. They then directed to their website. I looked at the poll and would have voted yes, but for their having requested personal information like an email address (and the default box checked saying to send me “updates” or some such).
UPDATE: They said at 5 PM Eastern, 2 PM Pacific, they will announce results. The poll is at yet another web site “newsmaxpolls.com” but that just redirects to: http://www.newsmax.com/polls/
This leads me to wonder if Newsmax is negotiating with Bill O’Rielly and wants to check in with their audience.
Since The O’Rielly Factor accounted for some huge fraction of the growth of Fox News, even if they lost 1/2 the audience in the transition, it would be a big win for Newsmax.
FWIW, it looks like O’Rielly is putting up some news commentary here:
The NewsMax folks said the result of the poll will be known by the end of the day. I hope they cut a deal with O’Rielly as his was one of the Fox shows I liked and was missing. (Varney & Company being another big one). Having O’Reilly on NewsMax would make it less of an issue for me to find alternatives.
Why all this focus on Conservative Voice? Because it is my “style” of news consumption to drink broadly and “contrast and compare”. It’s hard to do that if all you consume is the Daily Left Wing Talking Points that show up on Reuters, MSNBC, CNN, and what Hayworth called “the alphabet news networks” ABC, CBS, NBC.
RT (which I really hope returns to the Roku as a direct channel instead of forcing me to dig through Pluto TV to find it) and Al Jazeera give some good contrast, but right now RT is on an anti-Trump bent and Al Jazeera doesn’t care much about USA Domestic things. So finding a pro-Trump voice at the moment is a bit hard. Basically Fox (most of the time but not always) and NewsMax are all I’ve found.
FWIW I’ve gotten sensitized to the “Get trump!” stories to the point where once I’ve heard one in any given day, the next time one pops up I leave the channel. Why listen to The Same Damn Story on each of 5 channels? I’ve also gotten attuned to the subtle “digs” in the Reuters Roku feed. More subtle than the MSNBC / CNN rants, but still biased. Shows up in the adjectives (“embattled Trump” or “concern rising about FOO by Trump”) and sometimes in a slight at the end of the story like “said an angry Trump” or “chaotic White House” lines when there is no evidence for such a state at all. I’ve also discovered there’s an arrow on the remote that lets me skip through such drek in their news story set and just skip to the next story.
What I’d really like is just one good straight news source, but sadly most of what passes as news on the left leaning sources is really just Professional Concern Trolling these days. So I have to do the compare and contrast to extract the news portion and filter for biased adjectives… Sigh.
So there you have it. Waiting to see if the NewsMax poll comes up positive, and then waiting to see if O’Rielly is back on the air in less time than a short vacation ;-)