On Tuesday the network’s parent company, Fox Corporation, announced that it’s recruited widely despised former House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on its board of directors.
The shocking announcement was included in a press release about the company’s separation from 21st Century Fox, which has been acquired by Disney.
Ryan is among a slew of personalities, including Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey, who will reportedly join longtime Fox executive Rupert Murdoch at the helm of the media powerhouse.
Paul Ryan (yes, that one) just joined the board of Fox Corp. https://t.co/SHfHFFdIxX
— Baz Hiralal (@_BizBaz) March 19, 2019
The release cites no specific reason for why Ryan was chosen. It simply lists his credentials:
“Mr. Paul D. Ryan served as the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019, in which capacity he spearheaded efforts to revise the federal tax code, rebuild the national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, and reform the criminal justice system.”
Also added to the board were Anne Dias, founder of Aragon Global Holdings, and Rolan Hernandez founder and CEO of Hernandez Media Ventures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Mr. Ryan previously chaired the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. In 2012, he was selected to serve as former Governor Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential nominee. Mr. Ryan is a graduate of Miami University, Ohio, which has also awarded him with an honorary degree.”
Ryan and Romney, who’s equally despised by conservatives, lost the 2012 presidential election.
The reaction to Fox Corp’s announcement has not been positive:
So Donna Brazile is in. Paul Ryan is in. Jeanine Pirro is out.
I was done with Fox a while ago. This is nuts.
— Hava Batia (@HavaBatia) March 19, 2019
Donna. Now Paul Ryan. Fox News is becoming CNN2 https://t.co/gQLqdgfQwj
— The artist formally known as FlyPanAm??? (@MAGAmanz43) March 19, 2019
@FoxNews so, Paul Ryan?
It was nice to have met you folks. The Judge situation was bad enough, now this. How about hiring some folks who’s integrity is not for sale?
Speaks to your new guiding principles, something I will not condone. Best of luck.
— JohnJ ? ? ?? (@johnjjunge) March 19, 2019
We are losing FOX too they hired paul Ryan Donna Brazil and suspended judge Jeanine we only have Rush now
— kmcg (@KMCG9286) March 19, 2019
If this doesn’t make you finally ban Fox News for life – nothing will ?
Murdoch family launches a new Fox; former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins company’s board
— Catturd (@catturd2) March 19, 2019
They’ve lost their f-ing minds
I stopped watching @FoxNews Sat night at 9pm
— Chericane Shoots! (@1chericane) March 19, 2019
So the new Fox Corporation censors Judge Jeanine, hires Donna Brazile, hires Paul Ryan, and then opens on the stock exchange???? Guess what I’m not buying……
— Mary Brock (@HoosierGrandma7) March 19, 2019
Fox News is digging its own grave, doubling down in the wrong direction.
Lost thousands of viewers over Donna Brazille and now Paul Ryan? Ratings will soon be as low as CNN.
— Katarina ?? #KAG ❌ (@Welly_World) March 19, 2019
To Fox’s predominantly conservative viewers, it feels as if the network and its parent company as a whole are — in their attempts to be more “fair and balanced” — swinging far too much toward the left and the establishment right. In doing so, they’re sacrificing that which used to separate them from every other mainstream media network: their willingness to highlight the conservative voice.
To Fox’s base, it was bad enough when Pirro’s Saturday evening show was suddenly preempted last Saturday over allegedly inoffensive remarks she’d made about anti-Semitic Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar. When the news broke Monday that she’d likely been suspended, the anger swelled.
When FNC then announced later Monday that it’d hired Donna Brazile, a Democrat operative who helped Hillary Clinton cheat during a Democrat primary debate in 2015, the anger swelled even further:
Two weeks ago, the DNC Chair said they were not going to give #FoxNews a 2020 DNC primary. Since then…
* Network condemned Judge Jeanine for asking a question about Ilhan Omar
* canceled Jeanine’s show last Saturday
* Hired former DNC Chairperson Donna Brazile #AmIWrong
— Wayne Dupree | ? (@WayneDupreeShow) March 18, 2019
Fox fires Judge Jeanine, but hires a lying cheating Democrat the stoled questions for a debate from CNN to give to Hillary. @FoxNews has lost its mind. Hey Fox News, how do you think you became #1?
Enjoy the fall to CNN numbers. pic.twitter.com/jmTYqMh8m2
— ?? ARIZONA ?? (@AZDartGuy) March 18, 2019
I guess @OANN and @BlazeTV are our only options now. Maybe @TuckerCarlson, @JudgeJeanine will join one of these networks… until then I wish them the best.@FoxNews has lost its mind by hiring that pathetic DNC hack.
— Michelle (@QuodDixiDixi) March 19, 2019
— MAGATRON (@YohanHayyim) March 18, 2019
Is this for real? Fox News has lost its mind.
— R.E.M. sucks. (@elaine_nita) March 18, 2019
And now that news has broken that Ryan’s been tagged to serve in one of the most powerful positions within the Fox empire, the anger is at a veritable boiling point.