The future of the cable news industry is in dire straits, according to Bill O’Reilly.
The former Fox News host predicted that once Trump leaves office, ratings will plummet, and the industry will no longer be able to sustain itself.
Too Reliant on Trump
There was a time when cable media outlets kept viewers informed about a variety of topics.
Those days, however, are long gone.
Virtually since the first day Trump came down that escalator, the media has solely focused on him.
Now, almost three years later, they all are more or less a Trump reality show.
O’Reilly thinks the networks have focused so much on Trump that they are going to be at a complete loss when the last day of his time in office eventually comes.
“There’s nothing else that drives people into watching MSNBC or CNN other than Trump hatred. They have nothing else to offer. Nothing,” O’Reilly stated.
Fox Just as Guilty
While Fox has taken a more positive spin on the Trump administration than the other networks, they are still just as guilty of focusing on Trump, according to O’Reilly.
Hosts like Sean Hannity and Tomi Lahren are huge advocates of Trump, which in turn brings significant criticism from the pundits on other networks.
Even so, whether they’re pro- or anti-Trump, almost every story seems to revolve around the president.
Trump himself has often wondered what these networks will do once he leaves office because they will no longer have anything to report.
He once stated, “But another reason I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”
With any luck, the media will heed O’Reilly’s warning and actually start to report all the news again, not just opinions aimed at undermining the Trump administration.
We all know, however, that is probably too much to ask.