Fox News is currently locked in a tough battle with the far-Left media outlet MSNBC. Fortunately, the company has hired on one of conservatism’s rising young stars.
Tomi Lahren, formerly of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, has officially joined Fox News. She made her Fox News debut last night on Sean Hannity’s program.
Lahren took to her Facebook page in order to expand upon her recent move: “I am blessed and honored to join the Fox News team. This exciting new step will allow me to give voice to all the America-loving patriots who have had my back since day one. I will remain a solid and passionate advocate for you. Thank you for following me on my journey.” You can see the rest of her statement here.
Lahren first came to the public’s attention during her time on The Blaze. A blonde Texan with a big attitude, Lahren has made very opinionated videos about Black Lives Matter, gun rights, and other hot button issues.
She also squared off against Trevor Noah of The Daily Show in a highly watched debate.
However, some conservatives have found things to dislike about Lahren.
During the 2016 campaign, Lahren, who is now an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, initially backed Florida Senator Marco Rubio. In Lahren’s mind, the handsome Cuban senator could break the “blue wall” of the American coasts because he appealed to young people and immigrants. Unfortunately, Rubio has also shown himself to lean more towards the establishment thought process when it comes to border security, and his support for the “Gang of Eight” bill essentially tanked his chances in an election that was mostly about national security and national sovereignty.
Lahren faced even harsher criticism when she supported abortion rights during an appearance on the decidedly left-wing show The View. Beck, a sometime social conservative, fired Lahren for these views.
While Lahren defended her support for abortion in very left-libertarian ideological language (i.e. it is not the government’s duty to enforce what can and cannot be done with individual bodies), it is undeniable that she publicly supported the institutional termination of unborn children. There were 908,000 abortions in the US alone in 2015, and there have been over 51 million abortions since the judicial ruling in Roe v. Wade.
Also, right-leaning Libertarians correctly recognize that abortion is a denial of natural rights, those a breach of the non-aggression principle. When a private institution that receives public money (Planned Parenthood, for instance) makes a business out of death, it is an invalid and anti-liberty institution.
Fox News has hired young conservative Tomi Lahren. Do you support this move?
These criticisms aside, Lahren is a much needed fresh face on Fox News. Since the outlet continues to appeal mostly to the 60 and above demographic, someone as young as Lahren, 25, could potentially attract much younger viewers. Furthermore, Lahren, a left-leaning, but self-proclaimed conservative with some center-right opinions, could be a good complement to Tucker Carlson, a more traditional conservative.
Whatever the case, it is in Fox News‘ best interest to try new tricks in their ongoing war with MSNBC. Hiring Lahren is a good start. An even better idea would be trying to branch out by hiring conservative personalities who represent different strands of right-wing thought. If played correctly, Fox News could be a mainstream media outlet for all reactionaries, conservatives, right-leaning Libertarians, and others.