Fox News has undergone a massive facelift since the last election.
But now all hell is breaking loose.
Fox News will not be happy when they find out about this retirement announcement.
For the first time in its history, Fox News faced competition from alternative conservative news outlets.
Newsmax TV saw its audience grow from around 100,000 viewers in primetime to nearly one million following the 2020 election.
Fox News called the election for Joe Biden and Newsmax did not until all of Donald Trump’s legal challenges exhausted themselves.
Those editorial decisions by Newsmax and Fox led to a significant portion of the Fox News audience looking for an alternative and settling on Newsmax.
Newsmax hoped to use 2021 to continue to grow, but to compete with Fox News, Newsmax needs big-name stars to put in primetime.
Now a retirement rumor in Congress may be the opening Newsmax needs to install an anchor show in primetime that could boost Newsmax’s profile.
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz won election in 2016 and became a media star by defending Donald Trump on Fox News.
Now Gaetz is considering retiring from Congress to take a job with Newsmax as a primetime host.
Axios exclusively reports:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants he’s seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios.
Why it matters: Gaetz is a provocative figure on the right who’s attracted attention by being a fierce defender of former President Trump. The Republican also represents a politically potent district on the Florida panhandle.
What we’re hearing: Gaetz has told some of his allies he’s interested in becoming a media personality, and floated taking a role at Newsmax.
Fox News Channel’s biggest ratings draw is its lineup of primetime hosts.
Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham draw millions of viewers on a nightly basis and are once again the top-rated lineup in primetime.
Right now those are the three biggest stars in conservative media, and if Newsmax wants to build itself up to Fox’s level they need equal star power.
But just hours after this news broke trouble emerged for Gaetz.
The Joe Biden Justice Department leaked a story to The New York Times that Gaetz was under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Gaetz fired back calling the allegations false and claiming they were part of a $25 million extortion scheme masterminded by a former Department of Justice employee and presented evidence to Axios to back up his allegations.
Axios also reported:
“The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false,” Gaetz told Axios. “They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away.”
Gaetz sent Axios screenshots of text messages, emails and documents outlining the alleged extortion scheme, which he claimed was being run by a former DOJ employee. The Justice Department declined to comment.
The New York Times and the Department of Justice spent four years trying to frame Donald Trump as a Russian agent and many Americans are taking a wait-and-see approach as to the allegations against Gaetz.
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