"Walked a fine line": How Fox News found itself in an existential crisis

In the middle of the day, more traditional journalists rule. On Monday, the channel cut away from a press conference by the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, when she made a series of unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud. “I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this,” the Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto told the audience.

However, at night, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ most popular anchors, come out to play, and the network enters an alternate universe, where Democrats have, depending on the state, either suppressed the number of ballots or inflated the number of ballots. Either way, Trump won.

That makes the effort to look like a news organization increasingly difficult.

“What’s happening now is the Republican party is getting more strained, and there’s more and more of a sense among Fox News viewership that anything that contradicts a worldview that is supportive of conservatives is wrong,” Deggans said.

“I think it’s getting harder and harder for Fox News to ride that balance.”