President Trump has always favored Fox News for their fair reporting on the Trump agenda, but it’s not the only network Trump will conduct his time with. In his search for more trustworthy news sources, Trump has put smalltime Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on the map.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that CBN founder Pat Robertson has been operating out of a Washington, D.C., bureau since 1980. But after Trump’s election, Robertson renovated the office and hired 10 new staff members, including correspondents, videographers and producers.
In July, Trump sat down for an interview with the network, noted by onlookers to be his first interview with any media outlet besides Fox News in two months. Trump said he’s mistreated by the mainstream media. But, he told Robertson, “As long as my people understand … that’s why I do interviews with you. You have a tremendous audience. You have people that I love.”
The network’s centerpiece program, “The 700 Club,” boasts one million unique viewers nightly, airing on FreeForm. Pat Robertson’s son and CBN CEO, Gordon Robertson, says Trump is giving them the credibility they need to expand, noting “it now just seems to be working.” He adds: “We seem to be getting the big guests.”
CBN covers hard political news like other outlets, but from a biblical point of view. It, thus, spends more time on issues such as abortion and religious freedom.
CBN News chief political correspondent David Brody noted that Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow has also broken out as one of the network’s stars.
“Jay doesn’t pull any punches, and he’s, kind of, channeling Trump [to] a degree, so it seems like a match made in heaven,” Brody said.
Onlookers note that while CBN is rising in popularity, the network still hasn’t fully arrived. However, executives hope to change that now that they have the president firmly on their side.
“Nobody I know watches CBN,” says Kirby Wilbur, a conservative radio host. “I suspect they have a limited audience, mostly people somehow connected to Pat from his political days in the 80s and 90s. I’m sure they believe that having figures from Trump-world, both personal and political, will help build credibility and audience, while Trump-world looks at it as reaching out to part of his base.”
On Monday, Robertson stood up for Fox News Network’s Eric Bolling in the face of recent allegations of sexual harassment, calling them “totally bogus” and suggesting that a liberal conspiracy which is hell-bent on destroying Fox News was at the heart of the scandal.
The former presidential candidate told viewers that he’s “not a conspiracy theorist” as he meticulously laid out his theory:
“If you wanted to destroy Fox News … you really wanted to destroy them, what would you do?” Robertson asked. “Well, you would send some salacious material, ostensibly from one of their popular co-hosts or hosts, and you’d send it out and then get it publicized. And then you have some woman complain that she had gotten this salacious material from this co-host and then she would come to FOX, and FOX is so averse to any kind of legal action that they would immediately take the person off the air. So, before long, you would have decimated the prime-time lineup of all the FOX hosts. Easy to do? Absolutely. Is it being done? Probably.”
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