Racist America’s usual No. 1 cable news broadcaster. After a series of sexual harassment scandals that led to the ouster of star anchor #BillOReilly
and founder #RogerAiles
, who recently died, the network is now being edged out of rankings in key primetime demographics by #MSNBC
has a theory on the network’s decline that has nothing to do with any of that. He believes the biggest stories in the news these days are so hard on supporters of President #DonaldTrump
that they’d rather tune out. “I think, more than [MSNBC] rising, Fox is going down because the people who voted for him don’t want to hear it,” Colbert told an audience at New York’s Vulture Festival on Saturday, where he discussed political TV with “Veep” executive producer Frank Rich. “But they’re not going to hear it on Fox,” Rich said, pointing out how the network underemphasizes the importance of stories on Congress’ Russia probes and others that make Trump look bad, so supporters wouldn’t come into contact with such headlines there, anyway. As of press time, Fox News continues to hold the lead in overall primetime viewers for the month of May. “They’ll hear a little bit,” Colbert countered. “I think it depresses Trump voters to hear that stuff, so they’d rather just not hear it, because they can’t have been wrong.” “So what do you think they’re watching instead?” Rich asked. “The Late Show,” Colbert joked. “All are welcome.” Of course, the late-night show recently came under fire for the strength of its host’s condemnation for Trump, which involved an insult that prompted an FCC investigation. Colbert’s show has benefited in the late-night ratings war from his willingness to dive into the political issues of the day ― a task that has his staff scrambling at the last minute these days as investigative reporting by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other outlets breaks at the end of the workday.