According to a casting notice obtained by Fox News, an unidentified entity is currently looking for talent to launch a new conservative media network. The notice has boosted rumors that Donald Trump is planning to enter the world of conservative politics and news should he fail to defeat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, though there is nothing to indicate that Trump is involved with the casting notice.
The notice described the venture as an “up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development.” Auditions are being held in New York City on November 7, and the network is looking for on-air talent “knowledgeable about conservative viewpoints, current events and the presidential election.”
From Fox News:
While the casting call doesn’t identify any specific employer, it does suggest initial programming will be streamed on the internet, infrastructure the Trump campaign has already set up through its Facebook live feed where aides have been broadcasting events and counter news programming.
Fox News reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but none was given as of late Wednesday.
Whether or not Trump is involved, the media landscape could be ripe for a new conservative media venture of this sort. Conservatives have grown disenchanted with Fox News over the past year, with many accusing the network of abandoning the Republican nominee. That criticism has only swelled with the ousting of the network’s CEO, Roger Ailes and the increased involvement of Rupert Murdoch’s not-so-conservative adult children.
Aside from those concerns, it’s clear that there is considerable interest in a more hardline version of conservative news than Fox has been able to present. That version, whether specifically identified as “alt right” or not, could steal viewers who see Fox News becoming more and more like its cable competitors CNN and MSNBC.
On the other hand, perhaps another conservative network is not exactly what this country needs right now. At a time when America’s trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low, maybe what we really need is a network that will actually give us the news without the cloak of ideology that makes it impossible to know what to believe.
But in these divided times, that may be little more than a pipe dream.