‘Is this for real?’ Fierce reaction from Fox News fans when parent company adds Paul Ryan to its board

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the National Press Club Newsmaker event on October 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan delivered remarks on "how Americans are 'Better Off Now,' highlighting the clear contrast between Republican policies and the Democrats' vision for America." (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Fox News fans already peeved over the network’s treatment of host Judge Jeanine Pirro and its hiring of a Democrat cheat may not take kindly to the latest development.

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.

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.

To be clear, Ryan failed in most of his efforts in part because of his extraordinary wimpiness and his lackluster interest in pushing President Donald Trump’s agenda.

“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:

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

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:

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.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

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Vivek Saxena

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