Fox News obtains casting notice for "up-and-coming conservative media network," fears it's Trump TV

Though Donald called it a "false rumor," Fox News has reason to worry about a further-right competitor in Trump TV

By Brendan Gauthier
Published November 3, 2016 5:09PM (EDT)
 (Getty/Rick Wilking)
(Getty/Rick Wilking)

An "up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development" is holding a casting call at an undisclosed New York City studio on the night before Election Day, according to a casting notice obtained by established conservative media network Fox News.

The notice says the network requires on-air talent "be knowledgeable about conservative viewpoints, current events and the presidential election," "look upscale and intelligent," and be "outspoken and energetic."

Fox News is logically paranoid that the super-secret casting call signals the launch of Donald Trump's rumored media venture:

While the casting call doesn't identify any specific employer, it does suggest initial programming will be streamed on the internet, infrastructure the Trump campaign has already set up through its Facebook live feed where aides have been broadcasting events and counter news programming.

The Republican nominee, however, has denied any sort of ambition to that end.

"I want to win the presidency, and I want to make America great again," Trump told The Washington Post in September. "It’s very simple. I have no interest in a media company. False rumor."

These rumors seemed to gain traction last month when Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, "informally approached one of the media industry’s top dealmakers about the prospect of setting up a Trump television network after the presidential election," according to The Financial Times.

Fox News said it had "reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but none was given as of late Wednesday."

Of course, anyone who watched this fall's Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC knows the Republican presidential nominee doesn't publicize his plans to squash his enemies.

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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