Fox Business announced late Friday evening it was canceling its primetime show ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight.’
- Until its cancelation, the show was Fox Business’ highest rated show.
- Canceling Lou Dobbs’ show was part of a reformatting of the network, which Fox News Media announced last October.
- Despite Fox’s insistence it was planned, the cancelation comes a day after voting technology company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News and group of its hosts, including Dobbs, for defamation.
- Former President Trump voiced his support for Dobbs after the announcement, saying “Nobody loves America more than Lou.”
- NBC News focused its reporting on the Smartmatic lawsuit, saying it would “wipe out almost all the profit” of Fox News if it had to pay the entire sum.
- CNN’s Chris Cuomo interviewed businessman Mark Cuban, who said the lawsuit must continue despite Dobbs’ firing, arguing he wants to see the process play out.
- Huffington Post used sleight of hand to tacitly blame Dobbs for the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
- Newsmax reported the firing suggests Fox is no longer conservative enough and puffed its own chest as its ratings have increased.
- Breitbart highlighted Trump’s support for Dobbs and called the host “one of the original conservative populists”.
- The Wall Street Journal connected Dobbs’ cancelation in part to the network’s recent hiring of former television host Larry Kudlow who most recently served as Trump’s director of the White House National Economic Council.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021