Newsmax host Rob Finnerty on Monday morning needled Fox News Media for canceling Lou Dobbs’ top-rated FBN show last week, claiming Dobbs was dumped merely for supporting Trump and seemingly suggesting the network instead fire its most famous news anchor.
Over the past few months, Newsmax has seen an exponential rise in its viewership as it has offered itself to disgruntled MAGA supporters as a more ardently pro-Trump alternative to Fox News. Following former President Donald Trump’s decisive election loss, Newsmax refused to acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect for weeks while amplifying Trump’s “Big Lie” that the election was “stolen,” potentially landing the fledgling channel in legal hot water.
Last Friday, meanwhile, news broke that Dobbs had suddenly been canceled and that the host would no longer appear on any Fox programming. While Dobbs’ cancellation came just a day after voting software company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News and Dobbs, among others, the network insisted that the move was part of programming decisions that had been put in motion months prior.