A Newsmax host walked off during an interview with Trump supporter and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell after the businessman refused to stop pushing debunked claims of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election.
Anchor Bob Sellers and fellow host Heather Childers had Lindell on to discuss “cancel culture” after Twitter permanently suspended his account, but the Trump stalwart would not back down from pushing claims about Dominion Voting Systems, which forced Newsmax to make retractions in December.
Newsmax has seen its fortunes rise since the November 3rd election, after which many Trump-supporters, angered by Fox News coverage of the election, went looking for more "pro-Trump" media.
“You’re talking about machines that we at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those kinds of allegations,” Sellers said, trying to stop Lindell. “We just want to let people know that there’s nothing substantive with what we’ve seen.”
Dominion, which is suing Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion has threatened Lindell with legal action as well for continuing to push the discredited allegations.
Sellers eventually interrupted Lindell, saying, “Can I ask our producers, can we get out of here, please? I don’t want to have to keep going over this,” and as Lindell continued to talk, stood up from his chair and left the interview.
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Meanwhile cable television news has never been more in vogue and so competitive.
Several programs on MSNBC and CNN had their most-watched months ever in January, the Nielsen company said. CNN as a network did so, too, in a newsy month where the Capitol insurrection and President Joe Biden’s inauguration left a lot to talk about.
For the weekday prime-time schedule — the heart of the networks — MSNBC averaged 3.31 million viewers, CNN had 3.12 million and Fox News Channel had 2.89 million. Fox has been the top-rated cable news network for 19 years, and this represented the first month it finished third to its rivals since 1999, Nielsen said.
Over the full day, CNN averaged 1.91 million viewers for the month (up 151% from January 2020). MSNBC had 1.66 million (up 65%) and Fox News Channel was 1.37 million (down 20%).
Fox News returned to the top in prime-time ratings last week, the first full week of the Biden administration, Nielsen said. The major trends are continuing, however: CNN is markedly up over last year, MSNBC is up by a smaller margin and Fox is declining.
For the week, CBS was the most-watched broadcast network, averaging 4.7 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.6 million, NBC had 3 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.12 million and Ion Television had 1.11 million.
Fox News Channel led among the cable networks, averaging 2.56 million viewers. MSNBC had 2.23 million, CNN had 1.79 million, HGTV had 1.33 million and History had 1.03 million.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening news ratings race with an average of 9.9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million.