Finn McRedmond: Will Andrew Neil’s GB News shake up the media landscape?
Broadcaster believes there is an Irish appetite for views that don’t adhere to the liberal left
Ireland and the UK have strict rules on impartiality, fairness and accuracy in broadcast, unlike in the US. Photograph: iStock
On election night in November, when Fox News called Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden before any other major network it marked a turning point. It took nine more days for CNN and NBC – far less hostile to Biden than Fox – to make the same call. By November 7th, Fox declared total victory for Biden, from then on referring to him as “president-elect”.
It seems a small ask of a major broadcaster to adhere to the facts. But Fox has long established itself as somewhat of an outlier. Without the broadcaster it is doubtful Donald Trump would have achieved such profound reach: prior to his election in 2016, Fox gave airtime to his Obama-birtherism conspiracy; and throughout his tenure in the White House the network legitimised his creative relationship with the truth, and aided in radicalising swathes of the American electorate.