A couple of nights ago, all hell broke loose on Newsmax.
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“My Pillow” CEO Mike Lindell appeared on the network and got into a pretty wild dustup with Newsmax host Bob Sellers.
Sellers lashed out at Lindell “Juan Williams-style” for bringing up 2020 “voter fraud.” Things got so bad that Sellers actually got up and left the set.
It was crazy to watch unfold and it was also very disheartening for Trump supporters who abandoned Fox News in droves and headed over to Newsmax in order to get away from this “Chris Wallace” type disloyalty.
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Sellers attempted to explain his bizarre “Fox News” behavior but he only made it worse.
MOMENTS AGO: Bob Sellers addresses Newsmax viewers about the on-air situation with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/nyoVkLBTyA
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Many people were shocked and confused by Seller’s outburst – it was strange and unhinged – however, something lurking in the Newsmax past might explain what happened.
It turns out that the “conservative” network was a really, really, really BIG Clinton Foundation donor…to the tune of $1 million bucks.
Granted, this large donation kicked off about 7 years ago, but it was a “5-year payment plan.”
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Here’s what we uncovered in a 2015 Political article. Pay close attention to the endorsement of Hillary, and the reference to Fox News.
Conservative media company Newsmax pledged $1 million last year to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation over a five-year period, the Wall Street Journal reports.
But don’t consider the donation an endorsement from Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, his spokesperson said in an interview.
“First of all, Chris views the foundation — as many people do — as being bipartisan, and there’s a lot of people including other conservatives that donate. That’s important. He’s not endorsing anyone for president,” the spokesperson said.
“There are a number of people out there who make great presidential candidates, and Chris certainly believes Hillary will make a great presidential candidate. But in terms of who he’s voting for or endorsements, no one is saying anything in that capacity,” he continued. “It’s much ado about nothing in the grand scheme of things. He’s got a lot of great relationships that cross many party lines.”
The Clinton Foundation does have bipartisan support, with people from all sides of the aisle donating and participating in programs. But Ruddy has gone farther: In 2012, he wrote a blog post for the Clinton Foundation website about public-private partnerships and health care in Mozambique.
Ruddy has marketed Newsmax as a kinder, gentler version of Fox News. He recently expanded the heavily trafficked website into a TV channel, and last summer he secured a distribution deal with DishTV.
Chris Ruddy is still the CEO of Newsmax — have his views changed over the past 7 years? I know mine have…But I was never a Clinton Foundation donor, and I never believed that crooked foundation was “bipartisan,” nor did I ever think Hillary would make a “great” president. Those are some very, very left-wing beliefs for a so-called “conservative” guy.
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Over the years, Ruddy has been pro-Trump, but he’s also backed away from Trump.
Here’s what he told Variety in Nov. 2020:
Newsmax may be focused on conservative audiences, but it has very liberal views of where its business can go in the future as an independent news operation.
The top executive of the news outlet said the company intends to move forward on its own, and noted Newsmax has little desire to turn the network, which has seen its ratings pop since the presidential election, into a TV outlet focused largely on a forum for a post-White House Donald Trump.
“Newsmax would never become ‘Trump TV,’” Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, told Variety in an interview Sunday evening. “We have always seen ourselves as an independent news agency, and we want to continue with that mission. But we are open — [Trump] is going to be a political and media force after he leaves the White House, and we would be open to talking to him about a weekly show.”
Like many hardcore establishments types (Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and John McCain) I get the feeling Mr. Ruddy is holding his finger up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing.
Could Ruddy’s desire to steer Newsmax in the “independent” direction and avoid being labeled a “pro-Trump” network be driving people like Sellers to carve out an establishment “Chris Wallace” type stance?
Is that why he lost it on Lindell the other night?
It sure felt like a “Fox News” moment.
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Is this why people abandoned Fox News for Newsmax?
I don’t think so…
Let’s be honest — people are no longer looking for this phony “fair and balanced” messaging. It was always the establishment’s way to keep a death-grip on conservatives.
We know what the other side thinks, and the battle lines have been drawn and sadly, there is no middle ground anymore.
Newsmax better realize this before it’s too late.
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